In 2022, the top of motorsport will make a visitor look in France for the 62nd time. The Grand Prix in Reims, France was already a part of the calendar within the first season of Components 1 in 1950. Now this custom could finish, not less than quickly. 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 suggesting Le Mans as a substitute.
“Components 1 is in excessive demand now, many nations need to host the Grand Prix of their nation,” stated Ocon. “Generally I hear rumours, however nothing concrete. I spoke to Stefano (Domenicali) and not less than he stated that France is enjoying a job in Components 1.”
It’s also essential for Vettel to maintain the custom of the French race: “The ambiance was nice in 2019 and listening to the French nationwide anthem earlier than the race is all the time particular. I miss the ambiance afterwards.”
Components 1 in France: Le Mans underneath dialogue?
“Stefano talked about Good, that may be an ideal place for a road circuit. Additionally there will likely be Le Mans, which will likely be an ideal place. Nonetheless, this conference ought to work a bit by way of lowering the observe. An actual Le Mans race in Components 1 could be a good suggestion,” he stated. Ocon about potential areas in his nation.
Vettel may have such an curiosity in Components 1’s go to to Le Mans: “Le Mans has an extended historical past in motorsport, that may be a novel place. An extended circuit may be very thrilling.”
Though Components 1 boss Domenicali has not but spoken publicly concerning the look of a possible visitor on the common course of the well-known 24-hour race at Le Mans, based on Ocon there ought to be discussions. “I’ve spoken to Stefano about it, however I will maintain the small print to myself,” the Frenchman revealed mysteriously.
Though the guts of each motor sports activities fan would absolutely beat sooner if the names Le Mans and Components 1 may cross, there could be an enormous drawback. It doesn’t have a long-term plan or a brief everlasting tether ‘Bugatti’ with a Grade A certificates. Along with Paul Ricard, Components 1 at present solely has the Nevers Magny-Cours Circuit. Components 1 final went there in 2008.
Nonetheless, some tracks in France could make the bounce to Grade A with minor changes. “Possibly we are able to transfer the race someplace in France. There are fascinating tracks, it is going to be good to drive on the previous tracks,” stated Vettel. “I have been to Dijon in a Components 3 automobile earlier than, it is a brief however lovely circuit.”
Components 1 2023: future between France and Belgium?
One other drawback is the Components 1 racing calendar. Whereas new locations are discovering their means into the premier class with cash, increasingly conventional programs need to be minimize. This might result in a change of 12 months for the races in France and Belgium.
“I believe that the change could be a great answer. You possibly can’t go in every single place in a single 12 months. We’re restricted by way of time and assets. In any other case, the individuals within the paddock wouldn’t have the remainder of their lives with many races. However one 12 months in Belgium to drive and the following in France could be a great answer,” stated Ocon .
Whatever the rumors and discussions, not less than one factor is crystal clear for a French particular person: “If there are talks concerning the future, I’m a part of it and I’ll do the whole lot in my energy to make extra races in France a actuality.”