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Formula 1's return to South Africa looks increasingly likely, with the Kyalami circuit expected to join the calendar for the 2023 season. 

Stefano Domenicali has spoken on several occasions about the importance and heritage of Kyalami and has made public assurances that F1 cars will again race in South Africa. 

A report from the BBC has reinforced whispers about the prospects of South Africa joining the calendar next season, with Stefano Domenicali travelling to meet representatives at the Kyalami circuit. 

An agreement has not been finalised, but the expectation is that Kyalami's organisers are targeting a calendar slot in 2023. 

Stefano Domenicali has spoken openly about the numerous venues that have contacted F1 about hosting a race, so there is no shortage of options for next season. 

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However, South Africa is a venue that has been consistently mentioned as an option for next season, and F1 cannot have more than 24 races under the Concorde Agreement. 

Even 24 races in a year would be a stretch, given the demands placed on staff working in F1 throughout a season. 

However, several variables will influence the final configuration of the calendar, including whether the Chinese Grand Prix will feature on the calendar next year.

China's Shanghai circuit already has a contract until the end of 2025 with F1. With this in mind, Liberty Media will undoubtedly be excited by the prospects of tapping into a new and up-and-coming market.

With Qatar set to return next year, at least one track seems destined to lose its calendar slot, and Spa is a circuit in a very vulnerable position. 

The infrastructure and facilities of the event are its most significant weaknesses, and the success of Zandvoort means F1 can host a prevalent race in the same region whilst expanding into other areas of the globe. 

Paul Ricard is also likely to drop off the calendar, with Monaco's position becoming increasingly precarious as negotiations continue with F1.