The first titles at Paul Ricard?
The Castellet weekend promises a unique spectacle with title battles in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Clio.
Talks to take formula one back to France are still on, according to Magny Cours boss Serge Saulnier.
Last month, Saulnier said: “If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close (to returning).” He said Magny Cours, located a remote 250 kilometres from Paris and absent from the calendar since 2008, is heading for a comeback race in 2015.
Lotus looks to have made its choice of official reserve driver for 2014.
It appears unlikely the Enstone based team will keep Davide Valsecchi on board, particularly after the Italian admitted he was “angry” when bosses overlooked him as the surgery-bound Kimi Raikkonen’s replacement late last season.
Alain Prost, the quadruple world champion, is hopeful France could finally return to the F1 calendar next year.
Recently, 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.
In the 2013 season, the race calendar of the planet’s most competitive young-gun series will comprise 10 race weekends in six European countries.
The season will be kicked off as early as on 23 and 24 March in Italy, with the season finale (26-27 October) being held in France. The hopeful Formula 3 talents will race in the support programme of WTCC, WEC and DTM races at tradition-rich motor-racing venues that always are attended by big crowds.
There will be no French grand prix in 2013, according to the sports daily L’Equipe.
There 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.
The F1 world should handle with caution Bernie Ecclestone’s suggestion his sport could be heading back to Magny-Cours.
Amid reports Paul Ricard is leading France’s bid to revive the country’s defunct grand prix in 2013, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said this week: “If we go to France, it will be Magny Cours”. But former French F1 driver Patrick Tambay told RMC Sport that commentators “must be wary” of the wily 82-year-old’s comments.
Bernie Ecclestone has named Magny-Cours as the likely venue for a 2013 French grand prix.
Quadruple 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.”
Paul Ricard has recruited Alain Prost to lead the talks with Bernie Ecclestone about reviving the French grand prix in 2013.
Media 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.
Paul Ricard will hold more talks with Bernie Ecclestone over France’s potential return to the F1 calendar in 2013.
After the circuit’s boss Stephane Clair last week indicated a “90 per cent” possibility that France will replace the delayed New York grand prix next year, F1’s chief executive Ecclestone indicated similarly in India on Sunday.