Paul Ricard is out, Le Mans is in?

In 2022, the top of motorsport will go to France for the 62nd time. The Grand Prix in Reims, France was a part of the calendar in 1950 in the course of the first season of Formula 1. Now this custom may 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 presently in excessive demand. Many nations need to host the Grand Prix of their nation,” Ocon mentioned. “I hear rumors every now and then, however nothing concrete but. I spoke to Stefano (Domenicali) and not less than he mentioned he’ll play a task in French Formula 1.”

It is additionally necessary for Vettel to protect the custom of the French race: “The environment in 2019 was nice and it is at all times particular to listen to the French nationwide anthem earlier than the race. I keep in mind the environment 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 an incredible place for a avenue circuit. There may even be Le Mans, which might be an incredible place. However, the circuit wants some work when it comes to observe restrictions. An actual Le Mans Formula 1 race is an incredible thought can be,” Okon mentioned of potential 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 will be a novel place. An extended circuit might be very thrilling.”

While Formula 1 boss Domenicali has not but spoken publicly a few potential 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 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 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 observe with minor modifications. “Maybe we will transfer the race someplace else in France. There are some attention-grabbing tracks, it will be good to go on the previous roads,” mentioned Vettel. “I’ve been to Dijon earlier than in a Formula 3 automobile, it is a very quick however stunning circuit.”

Formula 1 2023: Future relationship between France and Belgium?

Another drawback is that the calendar of Formula 1 races is increasing an increasing number of. While new venues are discovering their approach into the primary class with monetary prospects, conventional programs need to be shortened. This may consequence within the annual change of competitions in France and Belgium.

“I feel it will be a good suggestion to take turns. You cannot go all over the place in a single 12 months. We have restricted time and sources. Also, it will be unattainable for individuals within the paddock to stay with so many races. But driving in Belgium one 12 months after which France the subsequent 12 months can be resolution,” defined Okon.

Despite the rumors and discussions, not less than 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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