The French Grand Prix is to return to Formula One in 2018, confirmed at a press conference this afternoon in Paris.
Following leaks last week that an announcement was due regarding the revival of the French Grand Prix, local politician Christian Estrosi confirmed the event will go ahead in 2018 at Paul Ricard in the South of France. The circuit last hosted Formula One in the late 80’s, when the Grand Prix was moved to Mangy-Cours before being dropped in 2008.
A five year deal to host the race has been agreed, with backing from Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (PACA), the city of Toulon, the Var department and the French motorsport association (FFSA). Although Bernie Ecclestone owns the circuit, he is leasing it to the promoters and therefore isn’t integral to the deal.
The Formula One calendar has been reduced back to 20 races for 2017, following the withdrawal of Germany for another season and either a mid July or late August slot has been suggest for the French race in 2018.