Could we see a French GP return to the Calendar by 2013?
Will the French Prime Minister Help Bring Back a French GP?
The French racing circuit Magny-Cours has been off the Formula 1 calendar for nearly 3 years following financial problems.
This would be the most likely venue for a returning Grand Prix to France should they be allowed. The French prime minister Francois Fillon, who was quite fittingly born in Le Mans and has taken part in the classic race himself, leads the taskforce to bring the race back home. The team also includes the likes of Eric Boullier who is the Renault team principal and Paul Ricard circuit director Gerard Neveu. Admittedly the team is in place to hopefully come up with a proposition for placing the French Grand Prix on the 2013 Formula 1 calendar and haven’t yet found a promoter to organise the Grand Prix. Since 2008 a number of different options have been discussed with bringing back a French Grand Prix but none have been too successful including a bid for a Disneyland-run race at the Paris val d’Europe track. These plans didn’t see their feet off the floor either. If they don’t manage to get Magny-Cours back on the racing calendar there is talk about it possibly sharing a spot with the Belgium Grand Prix to take some financial weight off its shoulders.