Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes a 22-race calendar is within the realms of possibility and is also eager to have stopover in Cape Town.
The 2013 season was initially set to have 20 races, but New Jersey was forced to postpone their debut until 2014. Although Austria, France and Portugal were all interested in taking the vacant spot, nothing came of the talks.
Ecclestone, though, is eager to have a bumper campaign next year and Sochi in Russia are expected to make its bow while Mexico and Thailand are also in negotiations with the sport's commercial rights holder.
"Having races in the right place is what matters," he told City A.M. "The teams could probably deal with 22 races."
South Africa, who was last part of the Formula One calendar in 1993, has also been mooted as a possible host for several years now and Ecclestone made it clear that his preferred destination is Cape Town.
He added: "If I had the choice I would like to go back to South Africa. I want to be in Cape Town. I have been offered Durban but I think we would be better off in Cape Town."