“I think France during this period has lost a bit of interest for motorsport,” said Ocon in Canada. “We still have the hardcore fans but we need to reach a bit more people and I think it’s going to be great help that the grand prix comes back.
The Force India driver described how he saw his first F1 race in his home country before it was dropped from the schedule after 2008.
“It’s going to be fantastic for me and a dream come true to be racing at home,” said Ocon. “I’ve been waiting for that since I’m a kid.
“I did not understand back then why there was no French Grand Prix, why France was not on the calendar. Now it’s back where it should be. It’s going to be fantastic.
“The first grand prix I saw was Magny-Cours in 2006, it was the French Grand Prix. When I was a kid there I had one dream to be racing again in France. Now I will have the privilege to race at home in front of the home crowd and in France in Formula One so it’s fantastic.”
Ocon said there was “so little coverage for motorsport” in France after the F1 race stopped. “[It] was very hard so I hope that’s going to change.”
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