Formula 1: there will be no French Grand Prix in 2023

Formula 1: there will be no French Grand Prix in 2023

Formula 1 will not pass through France in 2023. This dreaded news from Le Castellet (Var) was confirmed on Thursday, August 25, on the sidelines of the Belgian Grand Prix, another historic event also threatened with extinction next season.

France, like Belgium and Monaco, had not yet renewed its association with the world championship for 2023. If the other two mentioned Grands Prix still have hope of appearing on the calendar, therefore, there will be no races in France next year. , Formula 1 said on Thursday, confirming a statement by its president, Stefano Domenicali, which appeared on The team.

Listening to him is not necessarily a farewell, but a goodbye. On Wednesday, the Italian leader told a press conference that “the discussions [étaient] very, very open to a great future and a possibility, not next year, but in the future” by “a kind of rotation that would allow everyone to be part of the calendar”.

“There are sites that are talking to each other to send us a proposal in the coming months. This will not be part of the 2023 calendar. We are talking about 2024 or 2025 at the most to start with this approach”added the president of F1.

The French Grand Prix “takes note of the recent statements by Stefano Domenicali (…) about his absence from the calendar for the 2023 season”the organizer of the Grand Prix said in a press release.

“Balance” between the continents

Both parts “continue to work together on the presence of this event on the calendar in the coming years, and in particular on a system of alternation”confirmed the French promoter.

While the warning signs left France with little chance of keeping their place, the blow is heavy on fans in a country with a very strong motorsport tradition with still two drivers out of twenty, one team (Alpine) of ten and one manufacturer. of engines. (Renault) four. So here is France in the closet after sixty-two editions, like Germany (sixty-four editions) which has not had a Grand Prix since 2019.

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“It’s hard to swallow, Esteban Ocon, the French Alpine pilot, reacted. But it is not an end in itself, there will be opportunities, we have many great circuits, cities that would be delighted to host a Grand Prix. »

“Of course I am very sad, I really hope that he will return as soon as possible.added the other French driver, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). Monaco and Spa are also in danger, they are tracks that I really appreciate. As drivers, we tell them our opinions, but of course there are things that are beyond our control. »

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Given the growing interest in F1 and the new financial standards that the new Grands Prix represent, “History Isn’t Enough”explained Stefano Domenicali, according to whom the presence of the so-called historic Grand Prix “cannot be taken for granted”.

larger contracts

F1, which now exports to Saudi Arabia, Miami and next year to Las Vegas, is seeking ” to balance “ his races between continents, between rookies and Grand Prix “historical”.

This new generation F1, promoted by the American group Liberty Media, owner of the commercial rights since 2017, is experiencing a new impulse thanks to the Netflix series Formula 1: drive to survive and wants to go global with longer contracts as a result.

“Of course, we are talking about a sector where investments and economic contribution are very important, but we have always said that traditional races, which we know cannot bring the money that others bring, have all our respect”Stefano Domenicali underlined.

Monaco and Belgium are voting in favour. Especially since the return to South Africa, desired by F1, which has not been present on the continent since 1993, should not take place before 2024 at the earliest.

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