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French Grand Prix closing on return?

22 December 2011

France could soon make a return to the F1 schedule with the man charged with bringing the race back revealing that plans are moving in the right direction.

The French GP was last run back in 2008 before dropping off the schedule, although there have been a number of false dawns since with various plans having been discussed in order to put a race in France back on the calendar.

However, Gilles Dufeigneux – the man appointed to lead the proposals – has now revealed that he expects a positive decision on the future of the race to be taken in the coming months.

"All the indicators are green now, or soon will be," he told Nice-Matin. "My current mood is summarised with three words: optimism, prudence, humility. We have entered the stage of completion and we can say that final decisions will be made very soon, in January or early February."

Reports suggest a race at Paul Ricard would alternate with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, thereby ensuring that the famous race in the Ardennes is also able to remain part of the calendar despite the constant rumours in recent years that it could be dropped.

Three French drivers will be on the F1 grid next season in the shape of Romain Grosjean, Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic.