French Grand Prix in line for return

By on Friday, March 7, 2014
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Formula 1 could return to France in 2015, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone says that a contract is on the table for the sport to return to Magny Cours, which hosted the French Grand Prix between 1991 and 2008.

The event was dropped after organisers failed to find sufficient funding ahead of the 2009 season and mooted races at other venues in the country have yet to materialise.

"We have got a contract on the table with France for a race at Magny-Cours," Ecclestone told Racer magazine.

"To meet the terms of our contract, the organizers will need money and we will want some kind of guarantee that it's not going to be a one-night stand. It was [originally] going to take place this year, actually."

Ecclestone also revealed that a deal to race in Mexico next year has been signed, while progress is being made on plans to host a race around the streets of Weehawken in New Jersey.

A proposed American Grand Prix in the state has twice been postponed, but it could finally feature in 2015.

"New Jersey have just written to me. Somebody has paid some more money for outstanding bills and they are saying they have got more money coming in. If they do what they have to do, I'm happy."


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