Plans have emerged for a revival of the French Grand Prix in 2018, with an announcement due on Monday.
Although the French Grand Prix slipped off the Formula One calendar nearly ten years ago, plans are already in motion for a revival of the race for 2018, at a new home of Paul Ricard in the South of France near Marseille. The former home of Mangy Cours in the centre of the country, although a modern facility was unfavoured by many due to its rural location and lack of accommodation.
Financial problems meant that it disappeared in 2007, and despite several attempts to revive a race in the country have never materialised, including in the centre of Paris, Disneyland and at Paul Ricard.
With backing from local authorities including Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur region, the city of Toulon and Var a press conference is slated for Monday. The circuit is also owned by Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.
The last Formula One race to be held at Paul Ricard in 1990, won by Alain Prost and has since only been used for testing.