In 2022, the top 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 may 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 instead venue.
“Formula 1 is at the moment in excessive demand. Many nations wish to host the Grand Prix of their nation,” Ocon stated. “I hear rumors occasionally, however nothing concrete but. I spoke to Stefano (Domenicali) and at the very least he stated he’ll play a task in French Formula 1.”
It is additionally essential 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 an important place for a road circuit. There can even be Le Mans, which might be an important place. However, the circuit wants some work when it comes to observe restrictions. An actual Le Mans Formula 1 race is an important concept can be,” Okon stated of doable 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 might be a novel place. A protracted circuit could possibly be very thrilling.”
While Formula 1 boss Domenicali has not but spoken publicly a few doable 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 small print to myself,” the Frenchman stated mysteriously.
The fanatical coronary heart of each motorsport fan naturally beats quicker when the names Le Mans and Formula 1 cross, however a significant issue arises. Neither the interurban structure nor the Bugatti everlasting short-chainring has A-class certification. 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 bounce to A-grade observe with minor modifications. “Maybe we will transfer the race some other place in France. There are some fascinating tracks, it might be good to go on the previous roads,” stated 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 downside 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 must be shortened. This may consequence within the annual swap of competitions in France and Belgium.
“I feel it might be a good suggestion to take turns. You cannot go in all places in a single 12 months. We have restricted time and sources. Also, it might be unimaginable for folks within the paddock to dwell with so many races. But driving in Belgium one 12 months after which France the subsequent 12 months can be a superb choice,” defined Okon.
Despite the rumors and discussions, at the very least 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 greatest to make the upcoming races in France a actuality.”