Paul Ricard is the replacement for the F2 Sochi race

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The FIA Formula 2 series has announced that a round will be held at Paul Ricard in 2022 to replace the cancelled Sochi race.

Following Formula 1’s announcement that it will not replace the Russian Grand Prix, where F2 was scheduled to compete as a support series in Sochi, this year’s calendar has been revised to include the Paul Ricard race on the 22nd and 23rd of July at the French Grand Prix.

The last time F2 raced at Paul Ricard was in 2019, and Nyck de Vries and the late Anthoine Hubert shared the victory.

“Since it was announced that we would drop one event, we have been working on finding a venue to replace it, keeping in mind the costs. Le Castellet came out as the best option, and we are really pleased to return to the Circuit Paul Ricard,” F2 boss Bruno Michel said.

“With this added round, we go back to 14 events as announced before the start of the season.

Paul Ricard
Circuit Paul Ricard

This means that the 2022 season calendar is the most sizeable one we have had since the start of the FIA F2 back in 2017.

“It will be a very busy month of July for the teams and the drivers, but a very exciting one for the fans and everyone involved in F2.”

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the F2 Sochi round was cancelled along with the F1 Russian Grand Prix, and the event’s racing contract was later dissolved.

F1 had considered alternatives to the Russian Grand Prix, such as races in Qatar, Germany, and a new Singapore double-header, before deciding against it for logistical and economical reasons.

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