Magny-Cours officials present case for return

Updated: 09 June 2012 17:33 IST

Magny-Cours officials expressed "satisfaction" after meeting with the French minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Valerie Fourneyron, on Friday to lobby for a return to the Formula One calendar in 2013.

Magny-Cours officials present case for return

Paris:

Magny-Cours officials expressed "satisfaction" after meeting with the French minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Valerie Fourneyron, on Friday to lobby for a return to the Formula One calendar in 2013.


The appointment came four days after Fourneyron met with representatives of Le Castellet circuit, the other candidate in the running to stage a race, near the southern city of Marseille.

Following that meeting, members of the Castellet delegation voiced doubts over the new government's will to maintain previous commitments, specifically referring to former Prime Minister Francois Fillon's pledge to bring an F1 race to the Castellet-based Paul Ricard circuit in 2013.

"In principle, there is no opposition to the staging of a Grand Prix," Fourneyron told AFP Tuesday.

However she stressed that a lot still needs to be done before it would be "feasible to see the return of a Formula One Grand Prix in France."

The Magny-Cours circuit previously hosted the French Grand Prix from 1991 until 2008 when the country's Motorsports Federation (FFSA) withdrew funding for the event.



Topics : Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone Magny-Cours French Grand Prix
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