French GP being axed from the Formula 1 calendar following the 2008 race, France never gave up on returning to the F1 calendar.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone freshly told Sky Sports he wants more European venues to alternate the hosting of races year by year – as Hockenheim and the Nurburgring currently do – and he said Belgium and France would make a good match. Douillet told RMC Sport that everything else is now in place for France to stage its first Formula One race since 2008.
“I have told Bernie Ecclestone that we are ready,” he said. “We have done the financial side, on which he agreed. Now we wait for the position of our Belgian friends, since the project is to alternate between Le Castellet (Paul Ricard) and Spa.”
He said the hold-up with Belgium is because of Spa-Francorchamps’ existing contract with Ecclestone for a race every year.
“They need to work it out amongst themselves,” he added. “But we are ready, and – for our car industry – we need it.”