Ecclestone pours cold water on French GP rumours

Ecclestone pours cold water on French GP rumours

Ferrari Magny Cours 2008Bernie Ecclestone has said that the French Grand Prix will not be returning to the Formula 1 calendar next season, contrary to recent reports.

Last week, Serge Saulnier, chairman of the Magny-Cours circuit, explained how he was pushing for the venue to host F1 next season, having last appeared on the calendar in 2008. “We are still in negotiations with FOM,” he said. “We are a candidate for a date in 2015, but for the moment nothing is signed.”

Ecclestone confirmed that there had been discussions about the return of the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, but that it was not going to happen.

“They are knocking on the door, but I don’t think we can do that,” he is quoted as saying by Autosport.

This will come as a bitter blow to the organisers of the race, who were keen on reviving one of the most historic and important races in Formula 1. Instead, it appears that F1′s global expansion away from western Europe is only set to continue.

The European Grand Prix is expected to be revived in 2015, with a race in Azerbaijan planned. The Indian Grand Prix will be pushing to make a return, whilst other races in New Jersey and Mexico are expected to vie for a place on the provisional calendar.

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari.

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