France 'ready' to make Grand Prix return
8 March 2012 – France's Sports Minister, David Douillet, has explained that his country is now fully ready to make a Formula 1 return, with a biennial race expected to be finalised in the near future. However, the event cannot be confirmed until the owners of Spa-Francorchamps - the circuit which will alternate with French venue Paul Ricard - negotiate changes to a contract with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
"They have constraints with respect to a contract that still binds them to Bernie Ecclestone, for the use of the circuit (they still have a year on the contract). They need to work it out amongst themselves. But we are ready and we need it. I have to remind you that we have a strong car industry in France.”
Magny-Cours hosted the most recent French Grand Prix back in 2008, a race won by Felipe Massa after his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Räikkönen hit exhaust problems.