Tag Archive: French Grand Prix

May 20

Magny Cours on pole for 2015 F1 return

“If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks”

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logo Magny Cours is on pole position to return to the F1 calendar next year, the boss of the former French grand prix venue has said. Read the rest of this entry »

May 21

French MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki

The riders were met with extremely challenging conditions at Le Mans

MotoGP - MotoGP riders entering S du Garage Bleu during French Grand PrixRepsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa won a wet and wild French Grand Prix ahead of second-placed Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 and teammate Marc Marquez who was third. Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Pedrosa takes championship lead after dominating damp French Grand Prix (updated)

Round 4: French MotoGP™ – Race

Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda - 2013 French MotoGP race winnerDani Pedrosa made it back-to-back victories after a masterful performance in wet conditions at Le Mans today, a performance that sees the Repsol Honda rider move to the top of the MotoGP™ rider standings. Read the rest of this entry »

May 18

Marquez edges Lorenzo in French MotoGP™ qualifying

Round 4: French MotoGP™ – Qualifying Practice One and Two

MotoGP - Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda - 2013 French MotoGP QPRepsol Honda rookie sensation Marc Marquez claimed pole position for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix by the narrowest of margins, out-pacing Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo by just three-hundredths of a second. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17

Ferrari joins Lotus in tyre tweak criticism

Ferrari has joined Lotus in criticising Pirelli’s mid-season tyre tweak.

2013-05-12 - Scuderia Ferrari - Spain - Fernando Alonso 04Following early-season criticism, culminating in the furore after Barcelona recently, Pirelli announced it is making key changes to its controversial 2013 tyres for next month’s Canadian grand prix and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Laffite doubts F1 return for Magny Cours

“I doubt formula one will return to Magny Cours.”

2012-06-08_0288Former F1 driver Jacques Laffite has played down reports Magny Cours is still in the running for a return to the F1 calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

2014 French grand prix ‘possible’ – Prost

Alain Prost, the quadruple world champion, is hopeful France could finally return to the F1 calendar next year.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceRecently, following his native country’s five year absence from the schedule, Magny Cours and Paul Ricard were linked with a possible French grand prix for 2013. “I still read in the press that there are opportunities for 2013,” Prost, who was involved in the talks, is quoted by France’s Sport24. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

No French grand prix in 2013 – report

There will be no French grand prix in 2013, according to the sports daily L’Equipe.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceThere had been moves afoot to revive the country’s defunct grand prix, at either Paul Ricard or Magny Cours. But L’Equipe said the French sanctioning body FFSA had not, by Tuesday’s deadline, received a request to apply to be added to the FIA’s 2013 schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Ecclestone names date for possible Magny-Cours return in 2013

Bernie Ecclestone has named Magny-Cours as the likely venue for a 2013 French grand prix.

2012-06-07_0273Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logoQuadruple world champion Alain Prost was in Abu Dhabi last weekend for talks with the F1 chief executive about Paul Ricard’s race bid, and potential investors. But Ecclestone is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport: “If we go to France (next year), it will be Magny Cours.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Alain Prost has warned there is no guarantee France will return to the F1 calendar in 2013.

 “The budget is far from being completed” – Prost

Alain Prost 01Grand Prix de FranceThe four-time world champion has agreed to join Paul Ricard’s race bid as an advisor, and was promptly dispatched to Abu Dhabi reportedly for talks with Bernie Ecclestone and possibly also a meeting with potential local investors. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Ecclestone to meet Prost over 2013 French GP

Paul Ricard has recruited Alain Prost to lead the talks with Bernie Ecclestone about reviving the French grand prix in 2013.

2012-06-09_0002Alain Prost 02Media sources RMC Sport and L’Equipe said the four-time world champion and former F1 team owner has travelled to Abu Dhabi this weekend, to step up the talks with the F1 chief executive. RMC said Prost’s meeting with Ecclestone is scheduled for Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Formula 1 Young Driver Test confirmed for Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is no stranger to the roar of Formula 1 engines

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours logoMagny-Cours le circuitFormula 1 will return to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours next month (September 11-13) when Scuderia Ferrari, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and Sahara Force India conduct their annual Young Driver Tests at the historic French venue.

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Aug 13

Magny Cours still in running for 2013 French GP

Magny Cours, France’s last grand prix host, is still in the running to secure the country’s return to the F1 calendar.

Magny-Cours le circuitF2 - Magny-CoursLe Figaro daily is reporting that the circuit in central France, having hosted the French grand prix between 1991 and 2008, is set to formally present its case to become the country’s new grand prix venue from 2013.

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Jun 28

Spa alternation plans ‘no longer on agenda’

Spa-Francorchamps is no longer part of the proposal to revive the French grand prix.

Grand Prix de FranceFFSA logoPrior to ex president Nicolas Sarkozy losing the general election, plans to alternate a single annual race between Paul Ricard and Belgium’s fabled Spa were well advanced.

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Jun 23

Paul Ricard boss Stephane Clair has revealed the uncertainty about France’s return to the F1 calendar could drag on for many more weeks.

Paul Ricard mentions September deadline for GP certainty

Paul Ricard HTTTGrand Prix de FrancePrior to Nicolas Sarcozy losing the country’s recent general election, the circuit looked destined for the 2013 calendar, thereafter alternating annually with Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps. The new government is currently reviewing the project and also considering Magny Cours as a possible host, but Paul Ricard’s Clair insisted that time will eventually run out.

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Jun 05

New gov’t looking at French GP revival

The attempted revival of the French grand prix is not yet dead in the water.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceUntil former president Nicolas Sarcozy lost the country’s recent general election, France looked destined for a spot on the 2013 calendar, with Paul Ricard set to alternate an annual race date with Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Ecclestone quotes high price to Magny Cours

Magny Cours is still in the race to host France’s return to formula one.

2011-06-09_0303F2 - Magny-CoursBut according to RMC, the race’s former host – having run the French grand prix between 1991 and 2008 – has been handed a much higher price-tag than Paul Ricard. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

No chequered flag yet for French GP revival

France’s return to the 2013 formula one calendar is not quite at the finish-line.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceMany expected prime minister Francois Fillon’s visit to the Paul Ricard circuit last Friday to coincide with an announcement about the revival of the French grand prix next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

No French GP return announcement yet – report

“We now have a concrete basis for discussions”

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceNew media reports have contradicted claims French PM Francois Fillon will on Friday announce the country’s 2013 return to the formula one calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

French PM could announce GP return on Friday

French prime minister Francois Fillon will on Friday travel to the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Le Parisien newspaper in an exclusive report, he could announce the deal is finally done to revive the French grand prix for 2013. A source said Fillon will provide an update and indicate that France is “ready” to host F1 again for the first time since 2008 at Magny Cours. Read the rest of this entry »

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