It was confirmed on Monday that the Paul Ricard Circuit, home to the French Moto GP and a favoured testing circuit, will return to the Formula One calendar after a 28 year absence.
Last hosting a Grand Prix in 1990, Christian Estrosi, representing the PACA region in France, confirmed that they will be hosting a round of the Formula One championship in 2018.
"Today I can announce clearly, firmly, and finally, the return of the French Grand Prix for the summer in 2018 in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, at the circuit Paul Ricard,” he said in a press conference. “We are proud of this great return after 10 years. In 2018 it will be 10 years since the Grand Prix left the country, and this [return] is a huge victory for the men who worked for its success.”
“When we know how motorsport is so popular in our country – and we are ambassadors and bearers of innovation, creation, research and development, it was for our country a real scar to lose the grand prix. Since then there have been several efforts - and I want to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and FFSA president Nicolas Deschaux and many others who worked hard for the return of the race.”
Paul Ricard hosted 14 F1 events between 1971 and 1990 with the Magny Cours Circuit hosting the French GP until 2008.