Talks ongoing to secure France’s return to F1 calendar

2nd April 2012

Formula One (F1) could be set for a return to France after the country's prime minister revealed that talks are being held to host a biennial French Grand Prix.

Francois Fillon has revealed that negotiations are at an advanced stage to see a race held at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of the country for the first time since 2008.

Under the current proposals, an F1 race would be held in France every other year as it shares hosting duties with another country.

"It is not possible to organise a grand prix every year [in France]," he was quoted as saying by Autosport.

"We are working on the idea of organising a grand prix every other year at Castellet [Paul Ricard] and every other year in another country."

Mr Fillon added that a provisional deal had been agreed with F1 Management chief executive Bernie Ecclestone but it could still be years before Pirelli tyres are seen on the Paul Ricard circuit again as organisers are unwilling to pay the demanded sanctioning fee.

Posted by Danielle Barge