Mar 13

France on track for F1 return

At Flins-Les Mureaux

France’s return to the F1 calendar took a step forward this week with the unveiling of detailed plans for a new circuit.

Following the demise of the Magny-Cours event, Bernie Ecclestone said “it is quite sure” the country will also be missing from the 2010 calendar.

Plans for numerous alternative venues continued, however, and the one winning the support of authorities is a 4.5km layout at Flins-Les Mureaux, northeast of Paris in the department of Yvelines.

Reports say the budget is 112m euros – the lowest cost of all the considered projects – with an intended grand prix debut in 2011.

The circuit plans, featuring a seating capacity of 120,000, have been drawn up by a Parisian architect, with British company Apex to handle construction.

Work at the site is expected to begin immediately, despite F1 chief executive Ecclestone not yet giving the proposal the green-light for his series.

source: GMM