Paul Ricard is out, Le Mans is in?

In 2022, the head of motorsport will go to France for the 62nd time. The Grand Prix in Reims, France was a part of the calendar in 1950 through the first season of Formula 1. Now this custom might come to an finish, albeit briefly. 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 as a substitute venue.

“Formula 1 is at the moment in excessive demand. Many nations wish to host the Grand Prix of their nation,” Ocon mentioned. “I hear rumors now and again, however nothing concrete but. I spoke to Stefano (Domenicali) and a minimum of 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.”

Le Mans match for Formula 1?, Photo: DPPI

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 observe restrictions. An actual Le Mans Formula 1 race is a terrific thought could 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 a protracted historical past in motorsport, it could be a novel place. A protracted circuit may very well be very thrilling.”

While Formula 1 boss Domenicali has not but spoken publicly a couple of attainable visitor look on the standard 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 hold the small print 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 significant issue arises. Neither the long-distance circuit nor the everlasting short-chain “Bugatti” has an A-class certificates. Apart from Paul Ricard, Formula 1 at the moment has solely Nevers Magni-Cours. Formula 1 final visited there in 2008.

However, some tracks in France can nonetheless make the soar to A-grade observe with minor modifications. “Maybe we are able to transfer the race some other place in France. There are some attention-grabbing tracks, it could be good to go on the outdated 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 more. While new venues are discovering their means into the primary class with monetary potentialities, conventional programs need to be shortened. This might outcome within the annual swap of competitions in France and Belgium.

“I feel it could be a good suggestion to take turns. You cannot go in all places in a single yr. We have restricted time and assets. Also, it could be inconceivable for individuals within the paddock to dwell with so many races. But driving in Belgium one yr after which France the following yr could be a very good choice,” defined Okon.

Despite the rumors and discussions, a minimum of one factor is clear for the Frenchman: “If there are talks in regards to the future, I’m a part of it and I’ll do my finest to make the upcoming races in France a actuality.”

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