June.22 – French Prime Minister François Fillon is leading a unit committed to the come back of the French GP. Magny-Cours having hosted the nation’s last 18 races, Paul Ricard was last home to the event in 1990, with local favourite Alain Prost enjoying victory for Ferrari.
“It’s true that I have put a team together,” Fillon explained to the Var-Matin newspaper. “It is driven in particular by one of my former colleagues, Gilles Dufeigneux, and we are working with the French motorsport federation, the FIA, Eric Boullier (Renault Team Principal) and directors of Le Castellet.
As the Ferrari driver Felipe Massa won the last French GP, a number of plans for race comebacks – including those on the streets of Paris and in the Disneyland Paris resort – have fallen through. Paul Ricard, now one of the world’s most technically advanced testing venues for Formula 1, first joined the schedule as Jackie Stewart won for Tyrrell 40 years ago. It is hoped by the government that France – with Paul Ricard being the most likely venue – could return to the F1 calendar by as early as 2013.
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