Yes, you read that correctly, soon the world’s fastest sport will be coming to local shores. To celebrate the 70th year of the Formula 1 World Championship, the series organisers will be rolling out several celebratory events around the globe. F1 Fan Festival in SA will take place in just a matter of weeks. South Africa will host just one of the three F1 Fan Festival events scheduled for this year. The others are planned for London and New York.
If you plan your Sunday outings based on the Formula One calendar, then you will not want to miss this event. F1 fans will be wowed by no fewer than three F1 cars. Reigning champions Mercedes-AMG F1 will be joined by Red Bull Racing and Renault F1. The drivers making their way to our shores will be Valtteri Bottas, David Coulthard and an, as yet, unnamed member of the Renault team. A special guest at the event will be former Formula 1 World Champion, Jody Scheckter. The only South African to win the prestigious title will make an appearance in his 1979 title-winning Ferrari.
The F1 pilots will be ripping through the streets of Sandton on Sunday 29 March. Each driver will wow the crowds with a series of smoky donuts and the screams of high-revving engines. Formula One fans in Cape Town experienced a similar spectacle in 2019. Check out our exclusive gallery of images here. The F1 live car runs will commence at 15:30 on the closed streets of the Sandton CBD. Tickets are available from Computicket here: heinekenf1joburgfestival.computicket.com
F1’s director of marketing and communications Ellie Norman said: “South Africa has a very special place in Formula 1 history and we remain committed to returning to South Africa in the future. The festival will be an incredible opportunity for the people of Johannesburg to see F1 up close and personal, with live car runs, fan experiences and incredible live music acts.”
A SA F1 race?
Late last year Kyalami Grand Prix revitalied the old Kyalami 9 Hour endurance event. Early in 2021 a round of the World Endurance Championship will be taking place at the same venue. Hosting FIA-sanctioned events, as well as this F1 Fan Festival taking place locally only adds fuel to the fire that SA will soon host another Formula One race. The last F1 race was held at Kyalami in 1993.