The project proposed by Christian Estrosi to FOM to take Formula 1 to Nice, in the south of France, is already hitting an early obstacle.
When he heard reports that the current French GP at Paul Ricard, or perhaps even the iconic Monaco GP, might move to Nice, French driver Esteban Ocon admitted he was a support.
« It’s a shame if we lose the Paul Ricard, but if we can find a solution that allows us to have the French GP in Nice with Monaco, then it’s not so bad, » said the Alpine rider in Montreal.
According to BMFTV, however, many locals are much less happy with the plan of the mayor of Nice, who met Stefano Domenicali recently (pictured).
An opposition group launched a petition five days ago and already more than 1,000 signatories deplore the « waste of public money » and an « ecological aberration » who would be a « barrier to living well in the city »with a project « noisy », « pollutant », « against the sense of environmental, health and social emergencies ».
Representing the opposition group, David Nakache, president of the collective All citizens, said to himself « shocked » by the financial details of the proposed agreement.
« Two years ago, the Metropolis voted a subsidy for the Grand Prix du Castellet, in the Var. We were all surprised, normally, the Metropolis votes for projects that take place on the territory of the Metropolis. »
« At the end of the three years of operation of the Grand Prix de France at Le Castellet, they are looking for a new destination and, coincidentally, the city of Nice could welcome it. In terms of management of public funds, it is shocking. »