Organisers of the French Grand Prix say that they are working to ensure that the event remains on the Formula 1 schedule in the coming years.
The Circuit Paul Ricard does not have a contract in place to host a race next season, after the French Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2018.
With recent events on long-term contracts being added in Miami and Saudi Arabia, as well as the inclusion of Las Vegas and Qatar on next year’s schedule, some current events will be forced to make way.
F1’s CEO Stefano Domenicali recently said that the French GP wouldn’t be included in 2023 calendar, but suggested a rotation deal may be possible in the future.
On Thursday, French GP organisers released a statement in which it asserted its commitment to F1.
“The Formula 1 French Grand Prix takes note of the recent statements made by Stefano Domenicali, President of Formula 1, regarding its absence from the calendar for the 2023 season,” the statement read.
“After the great success of its 2022 edition, the French Grand Prix, Formula 1 and all the stakeholders of the Grand Prix continue to work together on the presence of this event in the calendar in the years to come, and in particular on a rotation system.
“The Formula 1 French Grand Prix would like to thank its clients, all the administrators of its GIP the Circuit Paul Ricard and all its partners for their unfailing support.”
F1 is also looking to bring a race back to South Africa going forward.
The reduction in credibility brought about by having three races in Yankeeland is a crime against the sport. It’s utterly disgusting and disgraceful, and those who have caused and allowed such a ludicrous situation to come about ought to be ashamed of themselves and vilified by everyone else. This is a world championship, and the schedule should reflect that, with one race per country. The Italian situation also requires sorting out promptly, for the same reason.