Lewis Hamilton hopes that Formula 1 will return to Africa in the not too distant future. The Mercedes world champion thinks it is important that the continent gets attention in the royal class of motorsport.

In 1992 and 1993 racing was last on African soil, on the circuit of Kyalami in South Africa. That track was also the setting of a Grand Prix between 1967 and 1985.

"At the moment, Formula 1 is moving to countries where nothing is really left behind, maybe nothing at all. It must be a sport that helps people and society further," Hamilton said in an interview with fans on Saturday.

"I think it is important to give Africa attention again and show how beautiful it is there. Formula 1 races should be held in places where it is not just about money, but also about the people. That is not always so."

Not only South Africa, but also Morocco (1958) once organized a Grand Prix. The country has been part of the Formula E calendar since 2016 with a race in Marrakesh.

Hamilton has been in the news a lot in recent weeks. The only black driver in Formula 1 speaks out regularly in the racism debate and is, among other things, committed to more diversity in motorsport.

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