Formula 1: French Grand Prix Set to Return

By James Neilsen
at Internationaled.org

Published: March 30, 2012

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The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar in the very near future, but no date has yet been set.

Circuit Paul Ricard, which last hosted a Grand Prix in 1990, will be the venue for the race and will alternate with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said in an announcement on Friday:

"We are working on the idea of hosting a Grand Prix every other year at Le Castellet.  This idea was agreed by the Formula 1 authorities. It is not up to me to set a date for a Grand Prix."

Fillon added that while a deal was close, financial terms had not been agreed on.

"The Formula 1 organisers' proposal is reasonable enough, but we have to make them remove the 'enough'.  There is a two-million euro gap.  French state will bail for (the fee) but we will not go further."

France held the first-ever multi-entrant motor race in 1894.  The Paris-to-Rouen race was won at an average speed of around 12 mph (19 kmh) by Count Jules-Albert de Dion.  However, for a number of reasons—one of which was, incredibly, a lack of compliance with the technical regulations—the official winner was Georges Lemaitre.

The first-ever Grand Prix (according to the most commonly-accepted definition) also took place in France, in 1906.  Things were somewhat different back then—the 12-lap race had a total distance of 769.35 miles, and the fastest lap was a little over 52 minutes.



The last French Grand Prix was held in 2008 at the Magny-Cours circuit.  The track wasn't exceptional, nor was the location, and few tears were shed when the race was dropped from the 2009 calendar.

Paul Ricard lies in a more favourable location, and was given an extensive face lift after being sold to a company called Excelis in 1999.  Excelis is—or was—at least partially owned by B...
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