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 offers 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 stated. “You may not know this, however there’s an incredible challenge with Good, who needs a Grand Prix. It is nice, because it proves that different locations in your nation are fascinated with F1.

“We’re going to take a look at the functions and examine them fastidiously. 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 likely one of the races that may very well be rotated as F1 struggles to suit all the brand new occasions on the calendar whereas retaining a foothold in conventional European markets.

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

The French Grand Prix is currently held at Paul Ricard

The French Grand Prix is at present held at Paul Ricard

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs

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

“And to realize this, primarily based on the demand, we will work with the precept of rotation – not just for Europe however for different nations too.

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

“Discussions are making progress and I believe 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 stated: “We by no means contemplated leaving Saudi Arabia [after the attack]. I believe it will be a political and sporting mistake. The race was fabulous with this duel between Charles and Max. And I believe F1 has acquired a job to play.

“It may well drive change. The Saudi minister of sport will truly talk within the subsequent few weeks concerning the progress made and we’ll share this info with the groups and drivers. Leaving that nation would have elevated its isolation. You’ll be able to’t change an historical tradition inside a 12 months.”

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