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Singapore visit sparks interesting F1 link

Would Mauritius be a possible choice if F1 were to return to African soil?
A visit to the Singapore Grand Prix has sparked an interesting link as to how F1 could return to the African continent.

F1 hasn't raced on African soil since the final South African GP back in 1993, which was won by Alain Prost at Kyalami.

Talk earlier in the summer suggested that F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was keen to see F1 return to South Africa shores, with the possibility of a race in Cape Town following the nations success in hosting the football World Cup earlier this year [See separate story HERE.

However, an interested spectator in Singapore was the president of Mauritius, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam.

While Mauritius isn't the first country that most people would think of when it comes to F1, a blog post by respected F1 journalist Joe Saward, has suggested that a race in Mauritius could be a good way for the African continent to return to the sport.

Located just off the African mainland, Mauritius is one of the richer countries in the continent with Saward reporting that the idea of an F1 race has been mooted before as ex-president of the French motorsport authority Jacques Regis now resides in the country and had suggested one of the nearby French islands as a possible home for a French Grand Prix.

Although South Africa would be the logical choice for an African F1 event, there has previously been a race in Morocco, with Sir Stirling Moss winning the only World Championship event on Moroccan soil back in 1958.



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blzbub

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blzbub

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