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Flins axe casts doubt on French GP return.

France appears tied to Magny-Cours if it is to return to the F1 world championship.
The chances of the French Grand Prix returning to the Formula One calendar appear to rest with Bernie Ecclestone and the powers-that-be accepting the makeover proposed for Magny-Cours after the Paris-based Flins project was apparently canned.

With the annual trip to the countryside of central France already off the calendar in 2009, several alternatives to Magny-Cours - which the drivers liked for the driving challenge but no-one enjoyed for its location - were put forward, only to fall by the wayside one-by-one. With neither Disneyland nor a proposed street race around Paris itself materialising, Flins-Les-Mureaux - in the Yvelines department north-east of the capital - emerged as the only credible alternative but, despite the fervent backing of four-time world champion Alain Prost, was immediately beset by opposition from both government and environmental opponents.

“In the absence of the necessary support that I called for on 3 July on the occasion of my election, and having consulted with all those concerned with the project – whether they are for or against it – I have taken the decision along with all the members of the departmental assembly to scrap the construction of an F1 circuit,” Yvelines regional president Alain Schmitz confirmed.

The proposed circuit was only ever a small part of a much wider automotive project - La Vallée de l'Automobile et de la Mobilité Durable - designed to help renovate the wider Yvelines area by creating new jobs and boosting the economy, but that too appears to have fallen victim to laissez-faire apathy.

"Although South Korea has mobilised to host a grand prix in 2010, we can be surprised that the world's third largest media spectacle after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup is so denigrated in France by politicians," Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile president Nicolas Deschaux commented.

The French Grand Prix had been a regular fixture on the F1 calendar for more than half a century, with Magny-Cours the latest host, following on from the likes of Paul Ricard, Dijon-Prenois, Charade, Rouen-les-Essarts, Le Mans' Bugatti circuit and Reims. When the Nevers venue was dropped from the schedule after failing to reach a suitable commercial deal with Ecclestone's Formula One Management, it highlighted the lack of French involvement in the top flight which, with the exception of Renault and its belated promotion of Romain Grosjean, is mighty thin.




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Alan D - Unregistered

December 04, 2009 11:19 PM

T.W.O. Since Ecclestone makes other circuits pay through the nose for the privilege of hosting an F1 race, why should he use his own circuit? He sure wouldn't want to pay money to his employers out of his own pocket. That would never do. No, much better to get a new circuit built in India or somewhere where the national government will treat him like a visiting head of state and pay a small fortune to use F1 to publicise themselves.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

December 05, 2009 3:46 PM

Le Mans would be a perfect place (especially for me BTW)but the ACO doesn't want to pay what is asked to host F1 for a series that after all is a rival to Le Mans 24. Someone made an add on track based on the LM24 track for the GP4 game, he called it Petite Le Mans. The layout he came out with is pretty neat. It's roughly half the Circuit de la Sarthe as cars turn right after the first Hunaudieres chicane and cut towards the end of the track. It's pretty fast as well, a sort of Hockenheim, when Hockenheim had balls ! It would have been better if it went though Porsche ! My point is it would be nice to have a dedicated layout for F1 that would not be Le Bugatti or Le Circuit de la Sarthe.



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