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French Grand Prix set for shock Formula One return

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It came as no surprise to Formula One fans that France was relieved of its Formula One hosting duties some eight years ago.

Magny-Cours was the last French location to have hosted a race back in 2008, and since then, it has been out of our calendars.

Despite the potential uproar, perhaps historically and culturally, the move makes sense.

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Given the fact France is home to motorsports governing body, the FIA, one would naturally assume it would be one of the first venues on the list.

Regardless, as it is, French authorities are left masterminding an audacious attempt to rewrite their name in F1 history.

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The Provence-Alpes-Côté D'Azur region are pushing full steam ahead in a desperate attempt to land the Paul Ricard circuit a four-year deal beginning in 2018, and commencing in 2022.

Their appeal should be bolstered somewhat by the fact the very circuit did indeed serve F1 well from 1971 to 1990.

More recently, Mercedes utilised the circuit as part of Pirelli's 2017 tyre testing programme, and thankfully for French motorsport fans, no issues presented themselves.

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Paul Ricard made its formal approach on Monday, highlighting their eagerness for any deal to be concluded in the shortest time frame possible, giving France optimum time to prepare for the potential return of the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Extending for 5.861km and consisting of 25 respective turns, Paul Ricard would certainly slot right into the calibre of tracks currently sported by Formula One.

However, it's now down to the French officials and representatives to convince F1 that their track is worth all the excitement.

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