Ocon is ‘not pleased,’ but he promises to defend for the at-risk F1 race

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Esteban Ocon has pledged to perform all in his power to prevent his home Grand Prix from becoming eliminated from the Formula One season in 2023.

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With the Circuit Paul Ricard in danger of becoming replaced, Esteban Ocon vows he will do “all” he can to maintain the French Grand Prix on the Formula One calendar.

The French Grand Prix was first held in 1950 and came back after a 10-year sabbatical for the 2018 season.

But, just 4 years after its long-awaited rebirth, and with Qatar, China, and Las Vegas all due to comeback in 2023, France could be on the verge of losing the tournament once more.

Ocon is “disappointed” with the current news about the French Grand Prix

The existing Concorde Agreement limits the number of races to 24 per calendar year, and 21 hosts have indeed signed up for 2023.

However, with the sport slated to keep its 23-race schedule upcoming season, one of Monaco, France, Belgium, or Mexico appears to be on the way out.

“I’m very happy to discover new tracks but, yes, to see the French Grand Prix at threat, I will do everything I can to be vocal on that to try and keep it on the calendar,” said Ocon, speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

“I don’t know what’s the situation exactly. But yeah, I’m not happy to hear that it’s under threat at the moment.”

The French race is “very special”

After making his Formula One debut in 2016, Ocon had to wait a decade for his maiden French Grand Prix after the country went without a race for ten years.

During his year as a backup driver for Reigning Champions Mercedes in 2019, he missed the event once more.

“Of course, when I started Formula 1, the Grand Prix was not there. It was a rumour that it was going to come back, and it did,” continued Ocon.

“We’ve lived so many good moments with the French fans there. It’s extremely special when we go there, every year.”

He added: “I will do everything I can to keep it on the calendar.”

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