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Christopher Bruce2012-04-26 13:01:51

Ecclestone confirms F1 Return to France in 2013

In the 2008 French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, Mark Webber qualified 8th and finished 6th.

Formula 1 will return to France at the Paul Ricard circuit. Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed with French sports newspaper L'Equipe that a race deal with the track has been finalized beginning in 2013. 

Paul Ricard will hosts grand prixs in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 according to the current deal. It is possible that this race will alternate with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in the near future

"The deal is done. We actually agreed on financial terms with the sports minister, David Douillet, in my office last Tuesday. We are still discussing a few points about money around the race, 'You give me this, I want that' and so on. But, for me, there is no doubt that we will sort it all out," said Ecclestone.

In the modern era of Formula 1, the French Grand Prix Reims, Rouen, Clermont Ferrand, Le Mans once in 1967, Dijon-Prenois, Paul Ricard and most recently at Magny Cours from 1991 to 2008. 

Paul Ricard was built in 1969 near Marseille, France. The full circuit that the Formula 1 teams will likely use is 5.8km long. It features a 1.8km long straight and is considered a relatively fast circuit. It also hosts FIA GT races and testing for Le Mans Prototypes and Formula 1. 

Source: Autosport


I hope this happens, F1 needs it with all of these 'new world' circuits taking over!
25.04.2012 @ 16:25
What I don't like at all is taking SPA out the odd year, together with Monaco (and to a lesser degree Monza) it should be untouchable...
26.04.2012 @ 17:33


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