Christian Estrosi, the President of the Conseil Régionale de Provence Côté d’Azur, has confirmed that the French GP will return to the F1 calendar in 2018. the announcement made at the glitzy Automobile Club de France in the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
“I can confirm definitively that the French Grand Prix will return in the summer of 2018 at Paul Ricard,” he said.
The contract is for five years.
FIA president Jean Todt was not present, being away in the United States, but recorded a message.
The event was attended by some of the leading lights of the French racing world, notably McLaren’s sporting director Eric Boullier, who played a key role in negotiations with Bernie Ecclestone, the top men of Renault Sport F1, chairman Jerome Stoll and CEO Cyril Abiteboul, former F1 racers Jacques Laffite, Patrick Tambay, Yannick Dalmas, GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly and ORECA boss Hugues de Chaunac, not to mention a wide array of local politicians.