Tag Archive: French GP

Nov 29

2013 French GP return ‘impossible’ – Prost

Alain Prost has confirmed reports France will definitely not feature on F1’s 2013 calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceAlain Prost - Romain Grosjean CastelletThe reports had said Paul Ricard and Magny Cours both missed the deadline to apply to France’s sanctioning body, the FFSA, for a request to the FIA for a 2013 calendar change. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 02

Abu Dhabi investor to revive French GP?

Arab investors could be the key to France’s return to formula one, according to L’Equipe.

Grand Prix de FranceAbu Dhabi - Getty ImagesThe sports daily said Alain Prost and Philippe Gurdjian, representing the Paul Ricard circuit, have travelled to Abu Dhabi this weekend. 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 »

Sep 26

Gov’t not willing to support French GP return

France’s hopes of returning to the F1 calendar have taken a knock.

GP de France 2011-08-27Grand Prix de FranceRecently, it emerged that Paul Ricard and Magny Cours had submitted formal proposals as the motor racing federation FFSA pushes to organise the first French grand prix since 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19

New minister admits French GP desirable

France’s new sports minister sounds keen to see the country return to the F1 calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceThe previous administration, led by ex president Nicolas Sarcozy, pushed hard to line up Paul Ricard as the venue for a French grand prix in 2013, thereafter alternating annually with Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps.

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Jun 06

New minister says ‘no agreement’ for French GP return

Everything changed when new president Francois Hollande appointed Fourneyron as sports minister

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceNew French sports minister Valerie Fourneyron declared on Tuesday “no formal agreement” exists that will see the country host a grand prix next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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 21

New sports minister doubts 2013 French GP

France’s new sports minister has confirmed there is some doubt the country will return to the formula one calendar next year.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceBernie Ecclestone announced recently that, with a French race having been absent from F1 since 2008, Paul Ricard could – starting from 2013 – share an annually rotating date with Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Dominant Lorenzo takes victory in wet French Grand Prix

Round 4: French MotoGP™ – Race

MotoGP - 2012 Le Mans MotoGP Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo on podiumMotoGP - 2012 Le Mans MotoGP Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo.Jorge Lorenzo was unstoppable on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1 today as he dominated in a wet French MotoGP™ to claim his second win of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

May 19

Pedrosa on pole for French Grand Prix

Round 4: French MotoGP™ – Qualifying Practice

MotoGP - Casey Stoner 2012 Le Mans MotoGP QPMotoGP logoDani Pedrosa has put himself in a strong position to score a first ever MotoGP™ victory at Le Mans after the Repsol Honda rider took pole position for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix ahead of teammate Casey Stoner.

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May 18

Stoner leads the way at Le Mans on Friday

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

MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa 2012 Le Mans MotoGP FP2MotoGP - Casey Stoner 2012 Le Mans MotoGP FP2Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner continues to assert his dominance by topping both Free Practice sessions and clocking the fastest time of the day at an overcast Le Mans circuit on Friday.

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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 30

Politics still threatening French GP

Politics are still in play, as France pushes to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Bernie Ecclestone, a financial deal is in place that will see Paul Ricard join the 2013 calendar, alternating annually thereafter with the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Ligier pushing Magny Cours as French GP host

Amid France’s push to return to the F1 calendar, it appears Magny Cours is not yet out of the game.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FrancePrime minister Francois Fillon, however, has earmarked Paul Ricard – the well-known test circuit at Le Castallet near Marseille – as the host. But it was Magny Cours that hosted the French grand prix between 1991 and 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Lotus wants ‘no more crashes’ from Grosjean

Grosjean crosses fingers for French GP return

2012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 002012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 03Pressure is on Romain Grosjean to have a clean race in China next weekend. The reigning GP2 champion has shown pace in his return to formula one so far this year, making good use of the competitive Lotus E20. 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 »

Jan 10

Paul Ricard could host 70,000 spectators for French GP

If Paul Ricard gets the green light to host France’s F1 return in 2013, the circuit in Le Castellet could bring in more than 70,000 spectators.

Paul Ricard HTTTThat is the claim of the track’s director Stephane Clair, amid reports French prime minister Francois Fillon is poised to approve a deal to see the country alternate an annual spot on the F1 calendar with Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps.

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Jan 09

Gov’t confirms French GP plans ‘on track’

Plans to put France back on the F1 calendar are “on track”, the government has confirmed.

Flagworld - F1Grand Prix de FranceJust before the weekend, the Paris daily Le Figaro reported that Paul Ricard is likely to host a formula one race in September of 2013.

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Jan 06

September date set for 2013 French GP return

France’s return to the F1 calendar is now so close to confirmation that even a provisional race date has been set.

Grand Prix de France Grand Prix de FranceIt emerged just before Christmas that, with the historic French grand prix having been last held at Magny Cours in 2008, the country’s return to the calendar is likely to take place at Paul Ricard in 2013.

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