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France 'ready' for F1 return

French sports minister: I have told Bernie Ecclestone that we are ready. We have done the financial side, on which he agreed...

France's sports minister David Douillet has confirmed that everything is in place now for the French Grand Prix to return to the F1 schedule.

Reports that France will alternate with Belgium have been rumoured for some time now, and Douillet added that the only thing preventing an announcement is the current contract F1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone has with Spa-Francorchamps.

“I have told Bernie Ecclestone that we are ready,” Douillet told RMC Sport. “We have done the financial side, on which he agreed.

“Now we wait for the position of our Belgian friends, since the project is to alternate between Le Castellet (Paul Ricard) and Spa. They have constraints with respect to a contract that binds them still to Bernie Ecclestone for the use of the circuit.

“They need to work that out among themselves. But we are ready and we need it. I remind you that we have a nice car industry.”

France last hosted a round of the F1 World Championship at Magny-Cours in 2008.

This year three French will be on the F1 grid in the shape of Romain Grosjean, Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic.

Related Pictures

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Start, French F1 Grand Prix, Magny Cours, France, 20th-22nd, June, 2008
Musicians, French F1 Grand Prix, Magny Cours, France, 20th-22nd, June, 2008
Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA108, French F1 Grand Prix, Magny Cours, France, 20th-22nd, June, 2008
Lewis Hamilton set the pace on day 1 at Paul Ricard [Pic credit: Paul Ricard HTTT]

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March 09, 2012 1:58 AM

Bernie... GET LOST!!! Stand down and give your position to someone that isn't money driven. The history of the sport is dying. I like Paul Ricard but Bernie has taken all the character out of it and painted blue lines everywhere... it's hypnotising, Spa should never be replaced or alternated... it's a crime. Paul Ricard should replace tracks like Bahrain or Korea where there is no history, it costs teams more money to get there and there is no atmosphere and hardly any fans turn up.


March 08, 2012 8:07 PM

Nothing against France hosting a GP, but it should not come at the expense of Spa. Slowly F1 is losing its history and without history, there is no future. Bernie is so blinkered, with his focus on his wallet, that he is oblivious he is killing the sport.

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