French GP bids on hold again?
NO RETURN TO MAGNY COURS? The French F1 GP has again come under the spotlight after the country's government announced it would not be subsidising the race. France last hosted an F1 GP race in 2008.
PARIS, France - The French autosport federation will check whether the nation's two candidate tracks for a 2013 Formula 1 French F1 GP will carry on with their bids since the sports ministry has said there will be no state subsidy.
Magny Cours and Le Castellet had included state assistance or a state guarantee in their files.
NO HELP FROM THE STATE
The federation said in a on its website: "Madam minister (Valerie Fourneyron) confirmed that the state would not grant any financial help to the French GP."
Its president, Nicolas Deschaux, added: "I will put a question to the two bidders to contemplate the conditions in which they could carry on as candidates."
The French GP was held at Magny Cours from 1991-2008 when it was dropped from the F1 calendar.