Alpine driver Esteban Ocon has vowed to guard the French Grand Prix’s future following rumours historic tracks could also be bumped from the calendar.
The French Grand Prix is the oldest grand prix and has had a complete of 88 races courting again to 1906. The present venue, Circuit Paul Ricard, has been on the calendar since 2018 and an F1 race has been held in France or Monaco yearly from the game’s conception in 1950.
However with the calendar already at a report excessive and extra races such because the Las Vegas Grand Prix being added subsequent 12 months, rumours have begun to invest that historic grands prix such because the French, Monaco and Belgian could possibly be scrapped with a purpose to make area.
Ocon, a French driver who races for French crew Alpine, stated he would do the whole lot he can to verify the French Grand Prix continues.
“Properly, I’m very blissful to find new tracks, however to see the French Grand Prix at menace, undoubtedly I’ll do the whole lot I can, to be vocal on that, to try to preserve it on the calendar,” he stated, as reported by motorsportweek.com.
“In fact, after I began Method 1, the grand prix was not there. It was rumoured it will come again and it did.
“We’ve lived so many good moments with the French followers there, it’s extraordinarily particular after we go there yearly.
“So, I imply, I don’t know what’s the state of affairs precisely, however I’m not blissful to listen to it’s underneath menace in the intervening time and I’ll do the whole lot I can to maintain it on the calendar.”
Ocon’s ideas echo four-time former World Champion Sebastian Vettel who stated it will be “horrible” to lose races such because the Australian Grand Prix.
“I believe it’s all the time thrilling to go to new locations, offering they’re good locations, proper locations for us to be at,” he informed reporters.
“Clearly we had an absence of racing in America after which Austin got here on the calendar, which was very thrilling and established as an important race. Possibly one other nice instance is Singapore. We had by no means been there earlier than and it’s nice to be [going] again this 12 months.
“Clearly you hope all the brand new locations you go to are an addition.
“Equally, you don’t wish to lose out on the locations you’ve gone to for thus lengthy. So it will be horrible to lose Melbourne from the calendar. It will be horrible to lose a few of the core tracks in Europe.”