Magny-Cours enters French GP conversation as F1 longs for return

The French Grand Prix is the oldest in the world

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Magny-Cours is looking to return to the Formula 1 calendar as the French Grand Prix is eyed for a spot on the schedule.

Paul Ricard previously hosted the race each year but the promoters hoped to strike a rotation deal rather than an annual deal with F1, and therefore lost its place on the calendar.

According to L’Equipe, the Magny-Cours circuit in the Nevers region is keen to enter the conversation after French President Emmanuel Macron pledged that he would support any track that wished to host F1.

Macron, though, wants France on the grid every year with two French drivers racing for the French Alpine F1 team – Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly. Magny-Cours, which used to host F1 races between 1991 and 2008, has put itself forward but is not the only option.

There have been talks about a potential street race in Nice on the South Coast of France, but potential similarities with nearby Monaco might make that a less-intriguing proposition for F1.

Constantly changing

The French GP has had a huge amount of host venues ever since the first event in 1906 but Magny-Cours wants to reclaim its place as the home of F1 in the nation.

Le Mans, Dieppe, Amiens, Lyon, Strasbourg, Tours, Montlhery, Miramas, Saint-Gaudens, Pau, Reims, Rouen, Charade, Dijon, Paul Ricard and Magny-Cours have all hosted at least one French GP although many were before the Formula 1 World Championship was created in 1950.

Michael Schumacher holds the record for French GP wins with eight while Alain Prost has six in his home event. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both have two with the latter winning the most recent visits to the country.

Ferrari holds the record for wins as a constructor with 17 and Williams is next best with eight.

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for Total-Motorsport.com and a top class F1 writer.
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