French Grand Prix ‘could return in September 2013’

The French Grand Prix could return to the F1 calendar as early as next season, according to a report in the French media

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The last French GP took place at Magny Cours in 2008 Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Red Bull Racing

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The French Grand Prix could return to the Formula 1 calendar as early as September next year, according a report in the French media.

The last race in France took place at Magny Cours in 2008 but the Paul Ricard circuit, near Marseille, has been touted as the leading contender to host a race on an alternated annual basis with Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps for 10 years.

The report comes after the establishment of a French Grand Prix working body by Prime Minister Francois Fillon in 2011.

A report in Le Figaro said: “The case is currently on Fillon’s desk. He has only to give the green light to sport minister David Douillet and to Nicolas Deschaux, the president of the Federation Francaise de Sport Automobile. The [first] race would be held on 1 September 2013.”

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