Formula 1 has announced Marseille will host the third ‘F1 Festival’ during the build-up to the return of the French Grand Prix later this month, while Miami will also host the event in October as a precursor to the United States Grand Prix.

With the French GP returning to the F1 race calendar for the first time in a decade this year, Marseille will follow the likes of London and Shangahi in hosting a festival of the sport.

The F1 Marseille Festival will take place on Friday 22nd June, the same day as the opening two free practice sessions take place at Paul Ricard ahead of the French GP, with Franck Montagny driving a demonstration in a 2012-specificaiton Renault E20 F1 car and will be joined by David Coulthard who will take to the streets on the 2011 F1 world title-winning Red Bull RB7.

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F1’s Marseille Festival will also celebrate Renault’s 120th anniversary with the Renault car parade, with 14 historic cars will taking to the streets of Marseille for a display.

A special F1 Park, open across the French Grand Prix weekend, will offer a festival hub with entertainment, a live stream of each stage of the race weekend and other F1 experiences.

“Marseille is the perfect city for Formula 1 to mark its return to France as it has a well-established reputation for hosting major sporting events,” Sean Bratches, F1 managing director of commercial operations, said. “We are looking forward to being part of this iconic city's cultural agenda.

“The F1 Marseille Festival will be a celebration of our local fans, as well as an opportunity for a new generation to discover the excitement of Formula 1.

“Further still, it is a physical manifestation of Formula 1's renewed commitment and investment towards supporting France's motorsports legacy.”

F1 has also confirmed a similar festival is planned in Miami in October, which is expected to be held during the build-up to the United States GP at Circuit of the Americas in Austin. 

 

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