French prime minister Francois Fillon has revealed that discussions are still on-going with regard to the return of the French Grand Prix.
It had been rumoured that there might be an announcement on Friday [see separate story - HERE
], however, in the end there was no confirmation, although during a press conference at the Paul Ricard circuit yesterday [March 30], Filon did state that the stumbling block is the fee that will be paid to Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management.
“We are working on the idea of hosting a grand prix every other year at Le Castellet. This idea was agreed by the F1 authorities,” Fillion told Reuters
“The Formula One organisers' proposal is reasonable enough, but we have to make them remove the 'enough',” he added.
“There is a two-million-euro gap. French state will bail for (the fee) but we will not go further.”
France last hosted a round of the F1 World Championship at Magny-Cours in 2008, while Paul Ricard was last host for the French GP from 1971-2000.
This year there are three French drivers' on the F1 grid, namely Romain Grosjean, Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic.