no French Grand Prix in 2023

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

France, like Belgium and Monaco, has not yet renewed its partnership with the world championship for 2023. If the two other Grands Prix mentioned still have hope to appear on the calendar, then there will be no race in France next year, Formula 1 said on Thursday, confirming a statement by its chairman, Stefano Domenicali, which showed the The group.

To hear it, it’s not a goodbye, but a goodbye. On Wednesday, the Italian leader said in a press conference that “the discussions [étaient] very, very open for a good future and a possibility, not next year, but in the future” through “a kind of rotation that will allow everyone to be part of the calendar”.

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

The French Grand Prix “Notice the recent declarations of Stefano Domenicali (…) on his absence from the calendar for the 2023 season”said in a press release the organizer of the Grand Prix.

“Balance” between continents

The two parts “continue to cooperate with the presence of this event in the calendar in the coming years, and especially in a system of alternation”confirmed the French promoter.

Although the warning signs leave little chance for France to maintain its place, the blow is difficult for the fans of a country with a very strong motorsport tradition with two drivers in twenty, a team (Alpine) from eleven engine manufacturers. (Renault) from four. So here is France in the closet after sixty-two editions, like Germany (sixty-four editions) without a Grand Prix since 2019.

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“Hard to swallow, reaction of Esteban Ocon, the French Alpine pilot. But this is not an end in itself, there are opportunities, we have many good circuits, cities that will be happy to be able to host a Grand Prix. »

“Of course I’m very sad, I really hope that he will come back as soon as possibleplus another French driver, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). Monaco and Spa are also at risk, these are the tracks I appreciate. As drivers, we tell them our opinions, but of course there are issues beyond our control. »

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Due to the growing interest in F1 and the new financial standards represented by the new Grands Prix, “History is not enough”explained Stefano Domenicali, according to whom the presence of the so-called historic Grands Prix “not accepted without payment”.

Wider contracts

F1, which currently exports to Saudi Arabia, Miami and next year to Las Vegas, is looking “balance” its races between continents, between newcomers and Grands Prix “historical”.

This new generation of F1, promoted by the American group Liberty Media, which has held the commercial rights since 2017, is experiencing a new impetus thanks to the Netflix series Formula 1: Drive to Live and want to go all over the world, as a result, more contracts.

“Of course, we are talking about a sector where investments and the financial contribution are very important, but we always say that traditional careers, which we know do not bring the money that others bring, have everything our respect”Stefano Domenicali was criticized.

Monaco and Belgium are on the favorable ballot. Especially since the return of South Africa, which F1 has been aiming for since 1993, does not have to be effective before 2024 at least.

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