F1 CEO Domenicali floats concept of French GP in Good

The information not solely places the way forward for prospects of Paul Ricard retaining the race doubtful, it doubtlessly additionally provides F1 a bargaining chip in its ongoing negotiations over a brand new deal for the Monaco GP.

A French GP in Good would give the game a excessive profile new occasion only a few miles from the principality.

Domenicali referenced the Good bid in an interview with a journalist from France’s L’Equipe newspaper.

“Traditionally, France has been an vital nation in motorsport,” he mentioned. “You may not know this, however there’s an incredible venture with Good, who desires a Grand Prix. It is nice, because it proves that different locations in your nation are concerned about F1.

“We’re going to have a look at the purposes and research them rigorously. Different issues may come very quickly. All I can inform you is, by late July, you’ll know extra about the way forward for your Grand Prix.”

Together with Belgium, France is among the races that could possibly be rotated as F1 struggles to suit all the brand new occasions on the calendar whereas retaining a foothold in conventional European markets.

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A 3rd US race has been confirmed for Las Vegas in November 2023, whereas Kyalami seems virtually sure to return in April after Domenicali met the South African authorities earlier this week. China can also be anticipated to return to the schedule with a late season slot.

“The calendar for subsequent 12 months is being ready,” he informed L’Equipe. “Having 30 GPs would not be affordable. Our most popular choice could be to maintain 23 or 24 races.

“And to attain this, based mostly on the demand, we will work with the precept of rotation – not just for Europe however for different international locations too.

“I am again from South Africa, however we’re a World Championship and Africa does not have a spot [on the calendar] in the meanwhile. It wants to vary.

“Discussions are making progress and I feel we’ll have a solution quickly. Having a race there whereas Lewis Hamilton continues to be racing could be formidable.”

Requested about F1’s controversial ongoing relationship with South Africa he mentioned: “We by no means contemplated leaving Saudi Arabia [after the attack]. I feel it will be a political and sporting mistake. The race was fabulous with this duel between Charles and Max. And I feel F1 has obtained a job to play.

“It might probably drive change. The Saudi minister of sport will truly talk within the subsequent few weeks in regards to the progress made and we’ll share this data with the groups and drivers. Leaving that nation would have elevated its isolation. You possibly can’t change an historical tradition inside a 12 months.”

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