French GP ‘a part of our DNA and deserves a spot on calendar’ · RaceFans

Pierre Gasly says he “tried to take pleasure in each second” of final week’s French Grand Prix, which is predicted to be the final for the foreseeable future.

The Paul Ricard circuit doesn’t have a deal to carry a spherical on the 2023 Components 1 calendar.

Gasly, one among two French drivers in F1, stated he was “fairly emotional to see all these French flags on the market” on the drivers’ parade earlier than Sunday’s race.

“It’s the primary time for me I see a French Grand Prix like that,” he stated in response to a query from RaceFans. “It’s the primary time I get to expertise it correctly since I gained as properly in Monza.”

He stated there was visibly “much more help” on the 2022 occasion in comparison with final yr. “You may actually see persons are enthusiastic about Components 1 on this nation.”

Regardless of AlphaTauri bringing a bundle of upgrades to his dwelling race Gasly endured a disappointing weekend. He completed twelfth after qualifying sixteenth however he stated the help “made the day barely higher.”

“Hopefully we’re going to have a French Grand Prix if not the following yr, the yr after as a result of I really feel like clearly it deserves its place within the calendar,” he added.

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France has an extended historical past of motorsport. It held the pioneering 1894 Paris-Rouen Horseless Carriages Contest and, quickly after, the primary occasion to hold the title ‘grand prix’. “It’s a part of our DNA and it’s been all the time there,” stated Gasly.

“Now we have Alpine, now we have two French drivers – two and a half with Charles [Leclerc]. I actually really feel if it’s not on this observe, hopefully we are able to discover a resolution on one other observe.”

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi stays hopeful a method shall be discovered to place the French Grand Prix on the calendar in 2023. “I don’t know that it’s not on the calendar subsequent yr,” he stated.

“However sure, I might be very dissatisfied. And I’m not speaking about it because the supervisor of a French workforce, and even as a French citizen.

“It’s extra I feel France is a racing stronghold,” Rossi defined. “It’s been giving loads to the game. It has an enormous viewers, an enormous fanbase. I feel it will be just a little bit type of unfair, to take away an enormous milestone just like the French Grand Prix from the calendar.

“I feel it will be odd however I’m hoping that it’s going to keep.”

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