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Gasly hopes French GP will stay in F1 calendar

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JULY 24: Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri waves to the crowd on the drivers parade ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 24, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Pierre Gasly is hopeful that Formula 1 will keep racing in France as the French GP “deserves its place in the calendar”.

The future of the F1 French GP is uncertain. The contract is expiring this year and with the addition of races in Las Vegas, Qatar and possibly China and South Africa the chances of its extension are not big.

Gasly revealed that he was “quite emotional” during possibly his last race on home soil for the foreseeable future.

“I tried to enjoy every second of it,” he said.

“I must say, it was quite emotional to see all these French flags out there.

“It’s the first time for me I see a French Grand Prix like that. It’s the first time I get to experience it properly since I won as well in Monza.

“You can really see people are excited about Formula 1 in this country.”

Gasly believes that the French GP needs to be in the calendar because of the representation of the country in the championship.

“Hopefully, we’re going [to] have the French Grand Prix [again], because I feel like it clearly deserves its place in the calendar.

“We have Alpine, we have two French drivers – two and a half, with Charles [Leclerc] – but I really feel if it’s not on this track, hopefully we can find a solution at another track.”

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