Paul Ricard out, Le Mans in?

In 2022, the top of motoring will make a visitor look in France for the 62nd time. A Grand Prix in Reims, France was already a part of the calendar for the primary season of Formula 1 in 1950. Now that custom might finish, a minimum of briefly. The contract with Circuit Paul Ricard expires on the finish of the 2022 season. Now French Alpine driver Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin man Sebastian Vettel are proposing Le Mans in its place venue.

“Formula 1 is in excessive demand in the mean time. Many nations need to maintain a Grand Prix of their nation,” mentioned Ocon. “From time to time I hear some rumours, however nothing concrete but. I spoke to Stefano (Domenicali) and a minimum of he mentioned that France performs a task in Formula 1.”

It can also be necessary for Vettel to take care of the custom of the French race: “The environment was implausible in 2019 and listening to the French nationwide anthem earlier than the race is all the time a spotlight. I bear in mind the environment again then.”

Le Mans suitable for Formula 1?, Photo: DPPI
Le Mans appropriate for Formula 1?, Photo: DPPI

Formula 1 in France: Le Mans in dialogue?

“Stefano talked about Nice, which might be a fantastic place for a road circuit. There would even be Le Mans, which might be a fantastic place. However, this circuit wants some work by way of the restrictions of the observe. An actual Formula 1 Le Mans race could be a fantastic thought,” enthused Ocon concerning the doable silks in his nation.

Vettel could be so excited a few Formula 1 go to to Le Mans: “Le Mans has an extended historical past in motorsport, this is able to be a singular place. The lengthy lap may very well be very thrilling.”

Although Formula 1 boss Domenicali has but to publicly touch upon a doable visitor look on the conventional paving of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Ocon says there must be a debate. “I spoke to Stefano about it, however I’ll hold the main points to myself,” the Frenchman mysteriously revealed.

While each motoring fanatic’s fan coronary heart would undoubtedly beat quicker if the names of Le Mans and Formula 1 crossed paths, there could be a significant issue. Neither the long-track design nor the “Bugatti” everlasting brief binding have Grade A certification. Besides Paul Ricard, Formula 1 presently solely has the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. Formula 1 final got here there in 2008.

However, some tracks in France might nonetheless make the leap to Grade A observe with minor modifications. “Maybe we will transfer the race to a different place in France. There are some thrilling tracks, it could be good to drive on older tracks,” mentioned Vettel. “I’ve been to Dijon in a Formula 3 automotive earlier than, it is a very brief however lovely circuit.”

Formula 1 2023: future interplay between France and Belgium?

Another drawback is the more and more intensive Formula 1 racing calendar, whereas new amenities are introduced into the premier class with finances means, increasingly conventional programs should be minimize. This might end in an annual alternation for the races in France and Belgium.

“I feel taking turns could be a superb answer. You cannot go in all places in a yr. We are restricted in time and sources. Also, the folks within the paddock would have completely no life with so many races. But a yr in Belgium for driving and the following in France could be a superb answer,” defined Ocon.

Regardless of the rumors and discussions, a minimum of one factor is evident for the Frenchman: “If there may be discuss of the long run, I’m a part of it and I’ll do every thing doable to make the brand new races in France a actuality.”

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