Lewis Hamilton has been dealt a blow to his desire for F1 to include South Africa in the calendar,
with major sponsors DHL quashing reports it could become part of the global circuit in 2023. The sport has not stopped in South Africa
for 29 years and fans they may have to wait even longer, despite a series of hints over the past few months.
In June, reports emerged suggesting that F1 authorities were on the verge of signing a contract to host a race at South Africa's Kyalami circuit,
which has not hosted an F1 Grand Prix since 1993. The venue has a capacity of around 100,000 spectators and it is believed that to meet safety standards,
only minor adjustments.
Hamilton openly discussed his desire to visit the sport's 'mother country', saying: "The place that I really hold dear to my heart
and most important to get the race back in South Africa. There's a big following there and I think it would be great if we could emphasize
how beautiful the homeland is."
But DHL - the official logistics partner for Formula 1 - issued the following statement: "The 2023 calendar