Magny-Cours reveals upgrade plans

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In light of this weekend's Grand Prix at Magny Cours, the circuit's organisers have presented their plans to upgrade the circuit in an attempt to keep Formula One at the circuit. The French circuit is under doubt for the F1 calendar for several years now and requires an urgent upgrade to its facilities.

Under the guise of "Magny-Cours 2", the owners take up a "commitment distinguished by a desire to modernise, innovate and anticipate in order to maintain a leading position in the world of motorsport and increase the attractiveness of the local area through an approach involving economic development and the creation of sustainable jobs."

Magny-Cours 2 consists of work to modernise and bring up to standard the bloc formed by the main building, the pit lane, the starting straight and the pit straight grandstand. The aims of the project are to improve:

  • facilities and working conditions for the teams
  • facilities in the paddock reception spaces
  • facilities and working conditions for the media
  • facilities for the general public
  • working conditions for the organisers, sports federations and race control

Despite these plans, it is still not sure whether it will be enough to keep Formula One at Circuit de Nevers. Bernie Ecclestone has repeatedly claimed he does not want to come back to the venue, not only because of the structure but also because its rural location, making it hard for fans to find a place to sleep.

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