Christian Estrosi: “There will be no French GP in Nice”

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Christian Estrosi: “There will be no French GP in Nice”

The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi was firm this Saturday at the Paul Ricard circuit, when discussing the future of the French GP. ” There is no question of there being a French Grand Prix to be held in Nice. Firstly, we now perfectly master the organization of the Grand Prix on the Paul Ricard circuit. Secondly, organizing a Grand Prix in town, France hasn’t done it for a long time and as mayor of Nice, I don’t see under what conditions we could organize it in Nice. It’s flattering that F1 boss Stefano Domenicali thought of it. It’s flattering for the people of Nice. »

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And Christian Estrosi, also president of the French GP, to continue: “ There is no need to open this debate and I will not open it. This project was based on nothing. Mr Domenicali sees that there is an international airport, a large accommodation capacity and when you see the tendency of F1 to organize Grand Prix in town, I understand that they are looking for models here or there, but even if we have some assets, the city of Nice is not in a position to host such an event. We have chosen to go for other event directions. »

The mayor of Nice, who wants to fight for the survival of the GP of France, wants above all that it remains on the Paul Ricard. So in his area. ” I will do everything to make this Grand Prix last. And if it has to go through an alternation with another Grand Prix I am ready to hear it. In this case, it will be necessary to find a date that is more consistent in order to optimize the economic benefits for the region. There is a Grand Prix in Monaco at the end of May, it would be ideal if we could host it in September. »

In order to boost the file, Christian Estrosi explains that he raised the subject with Emmanuel Macron and will request an appointment with the President of the Republic in the company of the President of F1 but also of the French motorsport federation.

In conclusion, the mayor of Nice adds: “ We are also going to meet the bosses of the CAC 40 to sound them out about the support they could give us in order to be able to meet the financial demands of current F1. »

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