- Associated Press - Sunday, July 11, 2010

SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND (AP) - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Grand Prix racing could return to South Africa within three years after the country’s successful hosting of soccer’s World Cup.

The last race was held there in 1993 and F1 has not visited South Africa regularly since 1985, when the country came under an international sports ban because of its apartheid policies.

Ecclestone said Sunday that “it is another continent where we should be.”

He hopes that people will think “what the World Cup has done for Africa would be good for Formula One.”

F1 was previously staged at the Kyalami circuit near Pretoria, but Cape Town is Ecclestone’s preferred venue.

He told the BBC that “we’re talking about building a circuit _ it’s probably three years away.”

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