PM looks to Magny-Cours for France GP revival

Jun.1 (GMM) The only way to quickly revive the French Grand Prix might be to run it at the former venue Magny-Cours, prime minister Francois Fillon insists. Last week, the PM vowed the government's support in putting France back on the Formula...

Jun.1 (GMM) The only way to quickly revive the French Grand Prix might be to run it at the former venue Magny-Cours, prime minister Francois Fillon insists.

Last week, the PM vowed the government's support in putting France back on the Formula One calendar, amid reports that the latest project for a new circuit near Paris had struck political problems.

Fillon told Europe 1 radio that he wants a rapid solution, so that a French Grand Prix can be hosted again in 2010 or 2011.

And with Flins-Les Mureaux unable to be built in time, Fillon admitted that the race would for now need to be held on an existing circuit.

Paul Ricard recently declared its candidature, but Fillon indicated that Magny-Cours is a possibility, despite its unpopular location and poor attendances in recent years.

"I think this will be necessary because the time it would take to build a circuit would take us up until 2012 and I don't think we can accept that there isn't a Grand Prix in France before (then)," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Francois Fillon