Locals Lament ‘Waste of Public Money’ as F1 Faces Major Roadblock With French GP

Published 06/23/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

There are a few F1 tracks that have their contract expiring at the end of the 2022 season. Iconic tracks like Monaco and Paul Ricard may not have a place on the calendar for the upcoming seasons.

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So the sport is trying to negotiate a deal in which they can hold a race in Nice, France. It will be a nice compromise for not having Grand Prix and also not racing at Paul Ricard in the future. Alpine driver, Esteban Ocon, mentioned that it would be a shame not having Paul Ricard, but a race in Nice is not too bad.

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“It’s a pity if we lose Paul Ricard, but if we can find a solution that allows us to have the French GP in Nice together with Monaco, then it’s not so bad,” said the Alpine driver.

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But it looks like the locals of the city might not be too pleased with the idea of having a race in Nice.

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As reported by BMFTV, the locals believe that holding a race would be a waste of public money. David Nakache, leader of the opposition group, revealed that the financials of the deal are shocking.

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Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 19, 2022, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during the race REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

“Two years ago, the Metropolis voted for a subsidy of the Grand Prix in Le Castellet. Now, at the end of the three years, they are looking for a new destination and, as luck would have it, the city of Nice would welcome it. In terms of the management of public funds, it is shocking,” said Nakache.

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It is indeed a very fascinating development going on currently. If the locals are not happy with the financial aspect of the sport, then F1 should look elsewhere to host a Grand Prix. With the ever-expanding calendar, the sport is doing everything to hold on to one of the most beneficial markets in France.

Let’s see if there is a new deal for French GP in Paul Ricard at the end of the season. But it is not looking too good for all the French and Monaco racing fans in F1.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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