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France-Grand Prix facing major challenges

After ten years break, the Grand Prix Circus 2018 will return to France. It took a long time to get through to a race in Le Castellet: although the course was updated by Bernie Ecclestone, the facility is located in a valley.

The access roads are quite narrow because of the rocky area, which makes it not so easy, to bring the spectators along without any problems. In order to avoid traffic chaos, as was customary between 1971 and 1990, when the Grand Prix was already being held in southern France, one now wants to renounce about 20.000 visitors.

We are confident about the spectator capacity, but we are also very humble,”explains the race’s head of marketing, Aurelie Letellier, opposite “Reuters.” We are working on accommodating approximately 65.000 to 70.000 people in the race. This seems reasonable.”Actually, there would be room for around 90.000 people.

“We are quite confident that we will find creative solutions to facilitate access,”she says.”We are quite confident that we will find creative solutions to facilitate access.” There are challenges, of course, but we are working on creative approaches to achieve this anyway.”

Infrastructure was already a problem at the last location of the Grand Prix from France: from 1991 to 2008 one drove in Magny Cours in a very rural area. At that time, however, 78.000 spectators managed to get on the stands on race day.