Ecclestone Looking to Get French Grand Prix on 2013 F1 Calendar

By Community | October 29, 2012

The French Grand Prix may return to the Formula 1 increasing the 2013 calendar to 20 races, according to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

“As far as I’m concerned, yes,” replied Ecclestone, when asked whether the race could replace the New Jersey Grand Prix, which has been postponed for a year because of construction delays.

“We’re ready to sign. We’ve got a pen and we’re ready to sign.”

Ecclestone admitted, however, that there was still uncertainty surrounding the venue.

Magny-Cours, which hosted the race between 1991 and 2008, is in the running alongside the Paul Ricard circuit, where it was previously run.

The latter track, which is owned by Ecclestone, had been scheduled to go on the 2013 calendar after a deal was agreed with the government of Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this year.

However, it was scuppered when Sarkozy lost the country’s Presidential election to socialist candidate Francois Hollande in May.