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Ecclestone hits out at French GP organisers

23 May 2012

Bernie Ecclestone has hit out at the organisers of a planned French Grand Prix, with a deal still yet to be signed to put the event back on the F1 calendar.

A deal was reported to be close for a race at Paul Ricard after discussions had previously been held about an event at a range of locations around France, including Disneyland Paris and Magny-Cours.

The appointment of Francois Hollande as the new president in place of Nicolas Sarkozy has cast fresh doubt over a French F1 race but Ecclestone said the deal should already have been done and that organisers had had plenty of time to sign a contract to make the event happen.

"The French have had enough opportunity to make it happen and didn't," he told ESPNF1. "They promised all these things like the streets of Paris and Disney. It's very political. I don't know if would have been different if Sarkozy had been re-elected. I have no idea. Whilst he was in power they could have signed.

“They have had a contract and all they had to do is sign. They never reached an agreement with Ricard anyway but it would need investment to build up grandstands and the Paddock Club isn't big enough."

At the same time as discussions were taking place to put France back on the calendar, rumours had suggesting that the German GP at the Nurburging could be in doubt over a promoter issue, but the commercial rights holder said he was sure a new deal would be done.

"At the Nürburgring there was an internal problem with the promoter,” he said. “Their contract has run out so we will renew it when they know who to renew it with. I am happy to do it."


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