F1 » Todt FIA era to herald return of French Grand Prix?


The future of the French Grand Prix - absent from the F1 calendar in 2009 for the first time in more than half a decade - could receive a boost following the appointment of Jean Todt as the new FIA President, it appears

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Oh, no problems here - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 4:16 PM

So the French feel confident that "Napoleon" -what?- will make sure France gets a GP, and others are sure he will punish or reward Ferrari. So, that folks know him best are sure that he swings between vindictive and preferential, and "even-handed & without prejudice" is not the first thing that comes to mind? Ahh, great choice for FIA pres. Just blinken super. Well frickin done.

TYMUL

October 29, 2009 5:00 PM

I think Le Mans would be a good venue for a french GP. It may be slightly too short in its current form but i see room for expansion to the south. At the 2nd last corner sweep right on to the 24h track, then use parts of the Maison Blanche track rejoining the Bugatti circuit at the last corner.

Mike - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 5:42 PM

Todt give Vatanen a job? You must be joking. Max certainly was when he said Jean might offer Ari something.

The FIA already has a driver for the safety car, so what could Ari do? He has no skill or knowledge except driving and, at 57 he's getting on a bit.

No, it's time Ari was put out to grass along with JYS.

Martin - Unregistered

October 29, 2009 5:42 PM

Ah good to see that the new FIA president won't be at all biased!!!!
Looks like Ferrari and Teflonso have got the championship wrapped up for the next few years!!!!

andrew mac

October 29, 2009 5:42 PM

A tent wouldn't be too bad in France.

Was Alain Prost not trying to resurrect the French GP which is buried under a mound of politics?

There is actually a new circuit away to be built called Flins-Les Mureaux in the Seine Valley. Bernie Ecclestone has not yet given it the green light but the intension is for it to host a race by 2011. There are a couple features similar to Magny Cours. There is a long straight that ends in a hairpin and the final chicane is similar to that of Magny Cours before it was altered a few years ago.

XHannahX

October 29, 2009 6:02 PM

I have no problem at all with this, I think that as a French man who now has much power in F1 he should beable to help the sport in his own country.
BUT Bernie has equal, if not more power, and is a Brit, yet he has no plans to help a British GP.
:rolleyes:

Munro Gow

October 29, 2009 6:33 PM

Monaco is as good as in France let them have that and be done with it. If he is going to press ahead with a French GP then take away one of the races in Spain - either one it doesnt really bother me that much as neither track is fantastic

richard

October 29, 2009 6:37 PM

johnson , silly and pointless comment! i think that if todt can get a french gp back, then he is to be applauded for that. how this would ensure a ferrari victory, i just dont understand!

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