Bernie Ecclestone refuses to give up on attempts to add a revived South Africa to the F1 schedule, despite several bids having come and gone in recent years.

F1 has not been to the African continent since 1993, but memories of trips to Kyalami continue to drive Ecclestone towards a return, even though previous revival efforts have foundered while countries such as Bahrain, China, Russia and Korea have made F1 bows.

It has been nearly four years since the last bid to return F1 to South Africa was dismissed by Cape Town's city council on noise grounds - a 'problem' that may have lessened with the latest engine specification - but, with Kyalami requiring redevelopment to reach current F1 standards, a street race is the most likely option if Ecclestone is to achieve his ambition.

"We're in the middle of trying to do something in South Africa," the F1 ringmaster told Russian agency R-Sport while in the country to present organisers of the race at Sochi Autodrom with F1 Promoters' Trophy, "We used to have a race there and it would be nice to get back there again, to that part of the world."

Ironically, F1 returned to South Africa in 2014, but nearly 800 miles away from Cape Town as Ferrari, as Ferrari put on a demonstration run around Soccer City in Johannesburg. Development driver Marc Gene piloted a 2009-spec F60 around a specially-constructed 1.48km 'track' in front of a huge crowd.

While South Africa remains in Ecclestone's sights, he appeared less convinced by the need to add a second American event, despite rumours of a race in Las Vegas taking over from the much-hyped bid to stage an event on the streets of New Jersey, which appears to have foundered following disputes between organisers and Formula One Management.

"The Americans want other races, but I'm not too sure that we do," Ecclestone told Russian sources.



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