Paul Ricard could host French GP

Magny Cours announced earlier this month that it did not have the finances to host the French Grand Prix in 2004 and now it seems the Paul Ricard circuit could be an alternative venue. The track at Le Castellet, in the south of France, was bought...

Magny Cours announced earlier this month that it did not have the finances to host the French Grand Prix in 2004 and now it seems the Paul Ricard circuit could be an alternative venue. The track at Le Castellet, in the south of France, was bought by Bernie Ecclestone in 1999 and has since been used as a high tech test facility.

"If Mr Ecclestone wants it here we will be able to do it here," said a spokesperson for the circuit, in regard to the 2004 GP. "As long as there is no official meeting we cannot say any more, but if we must then we will run it."

The problem with Paul Ricard is that it doesn't have the facilities for crowds of around 100,000 fans. As it is only being used for testing, there are no grandstands and the access roads are not suitable for race traffic.

Jacques Regis, president of the French Motorsport Federation, is expected to hold a press conference today to discuss the possibilities for the GP

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone