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France 'ready' for F1 race return

8 March 2012


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.


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