F1 »

France closing on F1 return?

Media reports suggest a return for the French Grand Prix could come sooner rather than later
France could soon make a return to the F1 schedule with the man charged with bringing the race back revealing that plans are moving in the right direction.

The French GP was last run back in 2008 before dropping off the schedule, although there have been a number of false dawns since with various plans having been discussed in order to put a race in France back on the calendar.

However, Gilles Dufeigneux – the man appointed to lead the proposals – has now revealed that he expects a positive decision on the future of the race to be taken in the coming months.

"All the indicators are green now, or soon will be," he told Nice-Matin. "My current mood is summarised with three words: optimism, prudence, humility. We have entered the stage of completion and we can say that final decisions will be made very soon, in January or early February."

Reports suggest a race at Paul Ricard would alternate with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, thereby ensuring that the famous race in the Ardennes is also able to remain part of the calendar despite the constant rumours in recent years that it could be dropped.

Three French drivers will be on the F1 grid next season in the shape of Romain Grosjean, Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Start, French F1 Grand Prix, Magny Cours, France, 20th-22nd, June, 2008
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
27.11.2016 - Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
24.11.2016 - Presentation Pirelli Tyres 2017, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
24.11.2016 - Presentation Pirelli Tyres 2017, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
24.11.2016 - Presentation Pirelli Tyres 2017, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
24.11.2016 - Presentation Pirelli Tyres 2017, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director and Mario Isola (ITA), Sporting Director Pirelli
13.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
13.11.2016 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
13.11.2016 - Race, Birds
13.11.2016 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Safety car
13.11.2016 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
13.11.2016 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
13.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
13.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
13.11.2016 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Johnny Rotten - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 8:21 AM

It'd be good to have a French GP back but it's always going to be frowned upon by fans if it's at the biannual expense of Spa. Spa needs to be there every year, it's the best circuit on the calendar.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.