If the French Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 calendar, it will have been 10 years since it was last a valuable event on the European leg of F1’s travels. Europe 1 says that the French could have something to cheer about with a return of the race, which had been a staple on the F1 calendar since the earliest of days in the 1950’s, on the famed Paul Ricard circuit owned by a trust of Bernie Ecclestone’s.
The circuit last saw action from 1971 through 1990 but Magny Cours had taken over the honor from there. Now it seems a deal could be close for a five-year stint and that a conference will take place at the Automobile Club de France in Paris. Amongst those present will be, Nicolas Deschaux, head of the FFSA, and Christian Estrosi, president of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur or PACA.
Every year I sound like a broken record but the two things missing from F1 that are painfully obvious is a race in France (and now Germany) and a French team in French Racing Blue…not yellow for Renault. Perhaps this a major first step toward harmony in F1? Now if we can only get Renault to paint those cars blue!
Hat Tip: Europe 1