French Grand Prix ruled out for 2013
29 November 2012 – The 2013 Formula 1 calendar will not feature a French Grand Prix, national newspaper L'Équipe has claimed. The Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA) set a deadline of Tuesday 29 November to receive applications for a race, with neither Paul Ricard or Magny-Cours coming forward with proposals to host an event.
With the next World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting set to take place in Istanbul next month, there was not enough time for either of the two aforementioned circuits to finalise deals. In Paul Ricard's case, circuit ambassador Alain Prost blamed a lack of finances as the main reason for the venue failing to secure a place on the calendar.
"The deadline has passed," four-time Champion Prost told Le Figaro. "It's technically impossible for 2013. Two things were missing. A true will from Bernie Ecclestone to come back, to bring back a Grand Prix to Europe. And, naturally, the financial side. A Grand Prix in France cannot welcome as many spectators as some other countries."
Formula 1 is set to visit 19 circuits next year, with New Jersey postponed until 2014.