Tag Archive: Francois Fillon

Apr 30

Politics still threatening French GP

Politics are still in play, as France pushes to return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Bernie Ecclestone, a financial deal is in place that will see Paul Ricard join the 2013 calendar, alternating annually thereafter with the fabled Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

France and Ecclestone agree F1 race ‘price’ – report

Official confirmation of France’s return to the formula one calendar is now close, Radio Monte Carlo is reporting.

Grand Prix de France2011-06-09_0314“The French authorities have finally agreed the price with (Bernie) Ecclestone,” the report said. Earlier, when prime minister Francois Fillon said advanced talks with F1 were taking place, he indicated the gap with Ecclestone’s demands was about 2 million euros. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Ligier pushing Magny Cours as French GP host

Amid France’s push to return to the F1 calendar, it appears Magny Cours is not yet out of the game.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FrancePrime minister Francois Fillon, however, has earmarked Paul Ricard – the well-known test circuit at Le Castallet near Marseille – as the host. But it was Magny Cours that hosted the French grand prix between 1991 and 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Lotus wants ‘no more crashes’ from Grosjean

Grosjean crosses fingers for French GP return

2012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 002012-03-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Romain Grosjean 03Pressure is on Romain Grosjean to have a clean race in China next weekend. The reigning GP2 champion has shown pace in his return to formula one so far this year, making good use of the competitive Lotus E20. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

No chequered flag yet for French GP revival

France’s return to the 2013 formula one calendar is not quite at the finish-line.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceMany expected prime minister Francois Fillon’s visit to the Paul Ricard circuit last Friday to coincide with an announcement about the revival of the French grand prix next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 30

No French GP return announcement yet – report

“We now have a concrete basis for discussions”

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceNew media reports have contradicted claims French PM Francois Fillon will on Friday announce the country’s 2013 return to the formula one calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

French PM could announce GP return on Friday

French prime minister Francois Fillon will on Friday travel to the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceAccording to Le Parisien newspaper in an exclusive report, he could announce the deal is finally done to revive the French grand prix for 2013. A source said Fillon will provide an update and indicate that France is “ready” to host F1 again for the first time since 2008 at Magny Cours. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 30

Ecclestone to meet France GP officials on Monday

A meeting on Monday could signal another step towards France’s return to the formula one calendar.

Grand Prix de France2011-06-09_0314Bernie Ecclestone is scheduled to meet in his London office with David Douillet, the French sports minister, and Nicolas Deschaux, the president of the country’s sanctioning body FFSA.

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Jan 25

French PM shows ‘green light’ to 2013 F1 return

France is poised to return to the F1 calendar.

Grand Prix de FranceGrand Prix de FranceFrench-language RMC Sports reports that prime minister Francois Fillon has finally “given the green light” to the race at Paul Ricard to alternate annually with Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps, beginning in 2013.

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Jan 10

Paul Ricard could host 70,000 spectators for French GP

If Paul Ricard gets the green light to host France’s F1 return in 2013, the circuit in Le Castellet could bring in more than 70,000 spectators.

Paul Ricard HTTTThat is the claim of the track’s director Stephane Clair, amid reports French prime minister Francois Fillon is poised to approve a deal to see the country alternate an annual spot on the F1 calendar with Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps.

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Jan 06

September date set for 2013 French GP return

France’s return to the F1 calendar is now so close to confirmation that even a provisional race date has been set.

Grand Prix de France Grand Prix de FranceIt emerged just before Christmas that, with the historic French grand prix having been last held at Magny Cours in 2008, the country’s return to the calendar is likely to take place at Paul Ricard in 2013.

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Dec 21

France now close to F1 calendar return

France’s return to the F1 calendar after a three year absence is now looming.

Grand Prix de FranceFlagworld - F1That is the claim of Gilles Dufeigneux, who in June was appointed directly by French prime minister Francois Fillon to lead efforts to arrange the race’s comeback.

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Aug 29

Ecclestone ‘has agreed’ to France/Spa alternation

France on Sunday made another clear step towards returning to the formula one calendar.

Spa-FrancorchampsPaul Ricard HTTTThe L’Equipe sports daily said race-day at Spa-Francorchamps was a “great day for French motor sport”, after Bernie Ecclestone apparently agreed to reinstate a French date on the 2013 calendar.

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Aug 28

Sunday announcement for French GP return – report

The return of the French grand prix could be announced just before Sunday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Grand Prix de FrancePaul Ricard HTTTIt is believed that Bernie Ecclestone’s Paul Ricard circuit will be named as F1’s new French venue, to annually alternate the hosting rights with Belgium.

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Jul 18

France to propose F1 return for 2013 – report

Plans to revive the French grand prix are progressing, the sports daily L’Equipe reports.

Grand Prix de France2011-06-09_0303The working group put together by prime minister Francois Fillon is reportedly working on a letter of intent to send to F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

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Jun 26

PM wants winning Frenchman on F1 grid – Boullier

Part of Francois Fillon’s plan is to see a French driver back on the formula one podium

Grand Prix de France2011-05-20 - Lotus Renault GP - Spain - Eric Boullier 01That is the admission of Renault team boss Eric Bouller, who has been appointed by the French prime minister to help restore a strong French presence in formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 07

Todt vows to help push for French GP revival

French prime minister Francois Fillon has appointed Eric Boullier to help

Grand Prix de FranceJean Todt - Bernie EcclestoneJean Todt has backed reports France could return to the formula one calendar in future with a race to alternate annually with famous Belgian venue Spa-Francorchamps. A French newspaper quoted Spa promoter Andre Maes on Sunday as saying he had been recently “asked about” an alternating deal by French officials. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

Rumour – Magny Cours to replace Korea on 2011 calendar

Auto Hebdo reports that teams do not want to see the calendar shrink

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.svgMagny Cours is a potential replacement venue should the inaugural Korean grand prix fall off the 2010 calendar. That is the rumour published in the latest edition of France’s Auto Hebdo magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 03

Todt talks with French PM Fillon about GP

“There are at least three sites that could accommodate the race now”

In a meeting on Monday, new FIA president Jean Todt told the French prime minister Francois Fillon that formula one is important to the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 01

PM looks to Magny-Cours for France GP revival

Paul Ricard recently declared its candidature

The only way to quickly revive the French grand prix might be to run it at the former venue Magny-Cours, prime minister Francois Fillon insists.

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May 29

French PM vows to revive grand prix

Government will do everything so that there is a grand prix

French prime minister Francois Fillon has vowed the government’s support in reinstating the country’s formula one race.

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Jun 03

More candidates emerge for Mosley’s job

At least three more serious prospective candidates may have emerged

In the event that Max Mosley is forced to step down as FIA president following Tuesday’s Paris vote. Read the rest of this entry »

May 08

French PM joins running to succeed Mosley

An interesting candidate to possibly replace FIA president Max Mosley in 2009 has emerged

The French daily morning newspaper Le Figaro, citing an unnamed minister, reports that it is current Prime Minister Francois Fillon’s “dream” to lead the governing body of world motor sport. Read the rest of this entry »