In 2022, the head of motorsport will go to France for the 62nd time. Held in Reims, France, the Grand Prix was a part of the calendar in 1950 throughout Formula 1’s first season. Now this custom might come to an finish, albeit quickly. Paul Ricard’s contract expires on the finish of the 2022 season. Now French Alpine driver Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel are suggesting Le Mans in its place venue.
“Formula 1 is presently in excessive demand. Many international locations wish to host the Grand Prix of their nation,” Ocon mentioned. “I hear rumors once in a while, however nothing concrete but. I spoke to Stefano (Domenicali) and at the least he mentioned he’ll play a job in French Formula 1.”
It is additionally vital for Vettel to protect the custom of the French race: “The ambiance in 2019 was nice and it is all the time particular to listen to the French nationwide anthem earlier than the race. I keep in mind the ambiance at the moment.”
Formula 1 in France: Le Mans in dialogue?
“Stefano talked about Nice, which might be a terrific place for a road circuit. There may even be Le Mans, which might be a terrific place. However, the circuit wants some work when it comes to monitor restrictions. An actual Le Mans Formula 1 race is a terrific concept can be,” Okon mentioned of attainable areas in his nation.
Vettel would even be eager to go to Formula 1 at Le Mans: “Le Mans has an extended historical past in motorsport, it might be a singular place. An extended circuit might be very thrilling.”
While Formula 1 boss Domenicali has not but spoken publicly a couple of attainable visitor look on the normal pavement of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ocon believes discussions ought to happen. “I’ve spoken to Stefano about it, however I’ll maintain the main points to myself,” the Frenchman mentioned mysteriously.
The fanatical coronary heart of each motorsport fan naturally beats sooner when the names Le Mans and Formula 1 cross, however a major problem arises. Neither the interurban structure nor the Bugatti everlasting short-chainring has A-class certification. Apart from Paul Ricard, Formula 1 presently has solely Nevers Magni-Cours. Formula 1 final visited there in 2008.
However, some tracks in France can nonetheless make the leap to A-grade monitor with minor modifications. “Maybe we are able to transfer the race someplace else in France. There are some fascinating tracks, it might be good to go on the previous roads,” mentioned Vettel. “I’ve been to Dijon earlier than in a Formula 3 automotive, it is a very quick however lovely circuit.”
Formula 1 2023: Future relationship between France and Belgium?
Another drawback is that the calendar of Formula 1 races is increasing increasingly. While new venues are discovering their method into the primary class with monetary prospects, conventional programs must be shortened. This might outcome within the annual swap of competitions in France and Belgium.
“I feel it might be a good suggestion to take turns. You cannot go all over the place in a single yr. We have restricted time and assets. Also, it might be inconceivable for individuals within the paddock to reside with so many races. But driving in Belgium one yr after which France the subsequent yr can be an excellent choice,” defined Okon.
Despite the rumors and discussions, at the least one factor is clear for the Frenchman: “If there are talks concerning the future, I’m a part of it and I’ll do my greatest to make the upcoming races in France a actuality.”