Ecclestone open to return of French GP

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he is not opposed to the idea of France returning to the Formula One calendar. Earlier this month it emerged that Magny Cours, the long-time scene of the country's annual race between 1991 and 2008, is ramping up...

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he is not opposed to the idea of France returning to the Formula One calendar.

Earlier this month it emerged that Magny Cours, the long-time scene of the country's annual race between 1991 and 2008, is ramping up its efforts to return to the calendar by 2012.

But F1 chief executive Ecclestone is no fan of Magny Cours' remote location, and has been pushing for a Grand Prix venue nearer the French capital.

The Briton is also involved with the test track at Paul Ricard, near Marseille.

"Paul Ricard is probably one of the best in the world," Ecclestone is quoted by L'Equipe.

"But we still don't have a place for a race. You know the problem.

"The (French) Grand Prix has a future, but where is the promoter?" said the 79-year-old. "I really thought the project near Paris would happen."

He said he is open to finding a place on the calendar for France, the scene of the very first Grand Prix in 1906.

"I am ready to sign a contract as soon as possible, the very moment someone comes to me and says 'I have the money and a circuit'.

"I would be happy to have a race in France," insisted Ecclestone.

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