F1 boss Stefano Domenicali yesterday put an end to the suspense about the presence of the French Grand Prix on the 2023 calendar announcing the race will not take place next year. The F1 boss also drops a hint about the future of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.
The contract between the organisers of the French Grand Prix and F1 expired at the end of July 2022 and was not renewed. Although the calendar for the 2023 season has not yet been published, Stefano Domenicali has indicated that the race at Le Castellet will not be held in 2023. However, he does not rule out a return of the French Grand Prix in the years to come.
“We are discussing with the French Federation and even with the government because the future is more and more linked to promoters who see it as an investment for the country.”
“So the discussions are quite open for a good future. And as you, know, a possibility, not next year, but in the future could be a rotation proposal that would allow everyone to be part of the calendar.”
There are still many questions surrounding the 2023 calendar but the F1 boss said discussions were continuing, including the presence of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“As you can imagine, I can’t comment too much on the 2023 calendar, out of respect for the discussions and the formalisation of it with the World Motor Sport Council and the FIA,” he said.
“All I can say is that I have seen comments that I said that Belgium would be the last year [in 2022] – I would be careful about that comment, I would be very careful, that’s the only thing I would say,” Stefano Domenicali concluded.
The official 2023 Formula One calendar is due to be published at the end of October.