The French government is pushing ahead with plans to try and reclaim a place on the F1 calendar after setting up a team dedicated to putting France back on the schedule for the first time 2008.

A return of the French GP has been mooted for some time, with events at Disneyland Paris and also on the streets of the capital city having been mentioned as possible venues only to then be ruled out.

While Magny-Cours could again play host to the race, the most likely option now appears to be Paul Ricard, which hasn't appeared on the calendar since 1990 when Alain Prost took a popular home win.

"It's true that I have put a team together," French prime minister Francois Fillon told Var-Matin newspaper. "It is driven in particular by one of my former colleagues, Gilles Dufeigneux, and we are working with the French motorsport federation, the FIA, Eric Boullier and directors of Le Castellet."