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The French Grand Prix will not be present in the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship

It is no longer a secret. Stefano Domenicali does not hide that the French Grand Prix has been left out of the calendar of the next season, confir


It is no longer a secret. Stefano Domenicali does not hide that the French Grand Prix has been left out of the calendar of the next season, confirming that the Formula 1 World Championship will not visit the Le Castellet Circuit in 2023. Even so, the person in charge of Liberty Media does not hide that in the future there is the possibility that the French event may be held again, although he does not reveal the terms (the possibility of taking turns with another GP), not even the possible circuit , recently knowing the project that is being developed in Nice.

In this way, it would be point and end to the celebration of four editions since the return of France to the calendar in 2018 after 18 years of absence (previously it was the Magny-Cours Circuit that hosted it) and without managing to make profitable the presence of a French team and two drivers from that country, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly . All this seasoned in this case by the controversy that the accesses to the Paul Ricard Circuit and the great traffic jams that are generated on the Grand Prix weekend have always generated.

We are discussing with the French Federation, and with the government, because more and more the future is linked to promoters who see this as an investment for the country. Therefore, discussions are wide open for a bright future. And as you know, one possibility could be to find some kind of rotation proposal that would allow everyone to be part of the schedule. Because I think it’s a matter of respect – Stefano Domenicali

Another of the circuits that will have to be very attentive will be precisely Spa-Francorchamps, which at the moment is not within the plans for 2023, with a calendar that will not exceed 24 races. Everything points to the Ardennes track is on the list as the first reservewhile China, Kyalami, Las Vegas or Qatar are planning to be part of the program due to their contracts.

Especially the race in Shanghai or the South African event are the ones that can open the door to the Belgian race due to the doubts that both options continue to generate. Liberty Media’s plans are to once again expand the borders of the Formula 1 World Championship and make a more global calendar now that the toughest moment of the pandemic has passed: “We want to find the right balance, with at least one third in Europe, one third in the Far East and the other in America and the Middle East. We want a race in Africa, we will clarify this situation in the next few days”.

As you can imagine, I cannot comment too much on that, because it is respectful to discuss and formalize through the World Motor Sport Council with the FIA. You never saw anything of me saying that Belgium will be the last year. Of course we are talking about a business where the investment, the economic contribution, is very important, but we have always said that the traditional careers, the careers that we know cannot bring in the money that others are bringing in, have all the respect of our part. Then you will see that this will also be respected, not only this year, but also in the future. With Belgium, talks continue – Stefano Domenicali

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