It’s been officially confirmed that the French GP will return to the calendar in 2018 for the first time in ten years.
Rumours of a French Grand Prix returning to the Paul Ricard circuit have been around for a while, but last week’s suggestion that the deal was done seemed like the strongest indication yet.
Well now the news has been officially confirmed and in 2018 the French Grand Prix will be back on the calendar, although which of Paul Ricard’s 167 (yes, 167!) different layouts will be used is yet to be confirmed.
The race will probably slot in sometime around July. Unfortunately the July slot is also when the German Grand Prix is usually held, so it doesn’t look good for a return to Hockenheim in 2018.
Paul Ricard hosted 14 Grands Prix between 1971 and 1990, and is also very popular as a testing venue.
F1 cars visited the circuit in January when Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull took part in a wet tyre test for Pirelli. Oh yeah, Paul Ricard has sprinklers – let’s hope Bernie has forgotten about that sprinkler idea of his from a few years ago…