The French GP ‘is part of our DNA and deserves a place on the calendar’ RaceFans

Pierre Gasly says he “tried to enjoy every second” of last week’s French Grand Prix, which should be his last for the foreseeable future.

The Paul Ricard circuit has no agreement to organize a round of the 2023 Formula 1 calendar.

Gasly, one of France’s two F1 drivers, said he was “very moved to see all those French flags there” during the drivers’ parade ahead of Sunday’s race.

“It’s the first time for me that I’ve seen a French Grand Prix like this,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “It’s the first time I’ve experienced it since I also won at Monza.”

He said there was visibly “a lot more support” at the 2022 event compared to last year. “You can really see that people are excited about Formula 1 in this country.

Although AlphaTauri made a set of improvements to their home run, Gasly suffered a disappointing weekend. He finished 12th after qualifying 16th, but said the support “made the day slightly better”.

“Hopefully we get a French Grand Prix if not next year the year after because I think it clearly deserves its place on the calendar,” he added. .

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France has a long history of motorsport. He organized the pioneering Paris-Rouen horseless carriage competition of 1894 and, soon after, the first event to bear the title of “grand prix”. “It’s part of our DNA and it’s always been there,” Gasly said.

“We have Alpine, we have two French riders – two and a half with Charles [Leclerc]. I really think if it’s not on this track, hopefully we can find a solution on another track.

Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi remains hopeful that a way will be found to put the French Grand Prix on the calendar in 2023. “I don’t know if it’s not on the calendar next year,” said- he declared.

“But yes, I would be very disappointed. And I’m not talking about it as a manager of a French team, or even as a French citizen.

“It’s more that I think France is a racing stronghold,” Rossi explained. “It gave a lot to the sport. He has a large audience, a large fan base. I think it would be a bit unfair to remove an important stage like the French Grand Prix from the calendar.

“I think it would be strange but hopefully it will stick.”

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