French GP given short reprieve

France has been given until December 31st 2003 by the FIA to try and save its Grand Prix. Magny-Cours looked likely to be scrapped from the 2004 calendar after race organizers announced they were withdrawing it due to financial problems. However,...

France has been given until December 31st 2003 by the FIA to try and save its Grand Prix. Magny-Cours looked likely to be scrapped from the 2004 calendar after race organizers announced they were withdrawing it due to financial problems. However, there is still a chance for the race to go ahead after today's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Monaco.

The conditions the FIA has set upon the inclusion of Magny-Cours for next season are that a contract is confirmed between Formula One Management and the French motorsport federation, and that all the teams unanimously agree to the race being included on the calendar.

The latter clause is in regard to the amount of races on the calendar. The provisional schedule, including France, has 18 races but its speculated some teams were not happy about the increase from 17.

Organizers of the French GP now need to find a reported £15 million so the race can go ahead. The event has also officially swapped dates with the British GP; France is now provisionally July 4th and Silverstone July 11th.

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