Paul Ricard eyes French GP bid

Paul Ricard, owned by a company associated with Bernie Ecclestone, has emerged as a possible host of a French Grand Prix. After the loss of the Magny Cours event, and problems with potential alternatives around Paris, Circuit Paul Ricard...

Paul Ricard, owned by a company associated with Bernie Ecclestone, has emerged as a possible host of a French Grand Prix.

After the loss of the Magny Cours event, and problems with potential alternatives around Paris, Circuit Paul Ricard director Gerard Neveu said the venue has "decided to think seriously" about bidding for the race.

One of the prior obstacles to the concept of a Grand Prix at Paul Ricard was, following the renovation into a state of the art test circuit, the complete lack of spectator grandstands.

However, spectator facilities have now been built, and Neveu said: "We started to think on what we would need to do to welcome a Grand Prix."

The track is also already homologated by the FIA, and the necessary top 'Grade 1' classification was renewed after a visit by Charlie Whiting last week.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone