Pierre Gasly has revealed that he is involved in talks to try and keep the French Grand Prix on the calendar for 2023.
The historic southern French venue, which welcomed back Formula 1 in 2018 after an absence of 28 years, has been plagued with several issues since its return to the calendar, with spectators and F1 staff alike held for hours at the circuit in 2018 after a communication breakdown between the circuit and the local police caused delays of several hours.
Formula 1’s deal with the circuit runs out at the end of this year, and with Formula 1 returning to Las Vegas after 41 years away and the readdition of the Chinese Grand Prix after a four-year wait, doubts have lingered over the French Grand Prix’s future.
In a media session attended by MotorLAT, Gasly talked about the importance of French interest in the sport as well as revealing that he is doing everything he can in his power, which also includes him being involved in talks with the sport and the track owners to keep the French Grand Prix on the calendar.
“It’s a big concern; I am involved in the talks I know what’s the current situation obviously; I will do anything in my hands to support them because at the end of the day, I am not putting the money on the table and at the end of the day it’s always related to political and financial reasons.
“I hope they can find an agreement because being French, I am not the only one Esteban is also in the paddock, Alpine in the paddock. I feel that France is part of the sport and the history of the sport.
However, despite rumours that the race is doomed to fall off the calendar, Gasly remained hopeful that the sport could find an agreement.
“It will be sad not to have a home race in the next few years, but I am quite confident that they’re going to find an agreement.”