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With the French Grand Prix set to disappear from F1 next year in favour of new and returning events, an emotional Pierre Gasly said he hoped his home race would one day return to the sport.
Pierre Gasly says he hopes the French Grand Prix will one day reappear on the F1 calendar, amid strong speculation the Paul Ricard event is set to disappear for the foreseeable future.
Next year will see the addition of Las Vegas and the return of Qatar to the F1 schedule, and with South Africa also strongly linked with a Grand Prix, it appears likely that the French Grand Prix will make way for 2023 and beyond.
Faced with the prospect of losing his home Grand Prix, Gasly said he was seeking to savour last weekend’s experience.
“I tried to enjoy every second of it,” the Frenchman told media including RacingNews365.com.
“I must say, it was quite emotional to see all these French flags out there.
“It’s the first time for me to see a French Grand Prix like that since I won in Monza [in 2020], so a lot more support.
“You can really see people are excited about Formula 1 in this country.”
Along with Esteban Ocon, Gasly is one of two French drivers on the current F1 grid, with Charles Leclerc also enjoying considerable support thanks to his roots in neighbouring Monaco.
With the Alpine team also flying the flag for France in F1, Gasly added that he hoped a Grand Prix in the country would one day reappear on the calendar.
“Hopefully, we’re going have the French Grand Prix [again], because I feel like it clearly deserves its place in the calendar,” said Gasly.
“We have Alpine, we have two French drivers – two and a half, with Charles – but I really feel if it’s not on this track, hopefully we can find a solution at another track.
RacingNews365.com F1 journalists Dieter Rencken and Michael Butterworth discuss the key topics from the French Grand Prix, including Charles Leclerc dramatically spinning out of the lead.
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