This Zimbabwean Could Become Africa’s First Black Formula 1 Driver
Formula 1 is the highest class of single-seater auto racing in the world, and since its first season in 1950, no black African driver has reached the competition. Well, Zimbabwean motor racing driver, Axcil Jefferies is hoping to change that.
Jefferies’ career in motorsport kicked off 19 years ago after he won several national championships in Zimbabwe and South Africa. On moving to Europe in 2007, he won races in the European Karting Championship before competing in the Formula BMW Pacific series, where he finished third overall in 2009.
So far, he has participated in seven championships, including Formula 2 and Indy Lights. In addition to being a driver to reckon with in these high-profile competitions, he recently won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East.
At 24, these are remarkable achievements, especially given that Sub-Saharan Africa doesn’t quite yet have a voice in motorsport. That will eventually happen when a driver from the region breaks through to Formula 1 – and, judging from his profile, Jefferies is the most qualified driver at the moment.