F1 » Ecclestone confirms French GP return

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the French Grand Prix is to return to the F1 calendar in 2013, with the race to be held at the Paul Ricard Circuit.

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Jumper289 - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 1:35 PM

Hold on a sec,how can he negotiate a deal with himself-if that isn't a conflict of interests then what is??? sure as eggs is eggs the dwarf isn't paying top dollar for the contract and is certain to p*ss off all the other promoters he has screwed in the past!!!


April 22, 2012 3:39 PM

Now all BE needs to do is be critical of himself and cast doubt over his own ability to hold the race at least a dozen a times so he can experience the same difficulties of event sponsorship and uncertain ticket sales that he creates for the other tracks.

It should be a crime if Spa is removed for him to further line his overflowing pockets! How long before Monaco is removed in favor of a race in Tehran or Mogadishu? Bernie you fool, without the historical tracks, F1 has no future and no prestige.

Keane Raser - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 3:41 PM

So your going to let us have a race in the birthplace of Formula 1
That,s really nice of you Bernie much better than the
farce in the desert with all the empty stands and terror threats.


April 22, 2012 3:50 PM

So, what is the French Government paying for? They don't own the track and are not a federation affiliated to the FIA. Could they be offering a subsidy to the track owner (BE) to pay for the race fee (charged by BE)? They dont even get anything back from trackside advertising. Guess who gets that?

A man with many hats

David Chaste - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 4:50 PM

You have to understand that Bernie is actually just a middle middle man in this case. The teams have to be paid a guaranteed fee for showing up and putting on a show, that's where the money is going. The hosts keep whatever they can muster from the gate fees and sponsors.

It looks like Bernie is actually trying to make it as cheap as possible for France by using his own track.

In case you didn't know Jean Todt is the one behind this. He always wanted to return F1 to France and have as many Frenchman as possible in the sport. As you can see we all of a sudden have 3. And more could be on their way.

Do you think Vergne was given a warning instead of a penalty in Bahrain just because?

Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 4:56 PM

" not a federation affiliated to the FIA"

What ? I'm pretty sure the FFSA is linked to the FIA. The FFSA is the French Fed, not the ACO in case you are confused. The ACO is a regional Automobile Club for Western France.


April 22, 2012 5:05 PM


I meant the French Govt is not affiliated and the FFSA is an independent body (or is it?).
I'm having difficulty in understanding exactly what the French Govt is spending several million Euros on. It just seems like a generous donation to the Keep Bernie Rich fund.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 5:13 PM

Public institutions often pay or are vouchers for the Bernie fee. That in fact has become the current business model.

The organisers lose money on the GP and are refunded by either the government or some local authorities, a city, a region that seek promotion on the global scale like private companies do.

tifosi - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 6:56 PM

Bernie controls FOCA and FIA. All paths lead to Bernie...and he will do exactly what is in his best business interest. Which is to continue to be a self made billionaire!

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