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2012-01-10 12:13

PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT: The French circuit's management says an extra 70 000 spectators could be tempted to an F1 GP.

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

That, at least, is the claim of the track's director Stephane Clair amid reports that French prime minister Francois Fillon is poised to approve a deal to see the country alternate its annual F1 calendar slot with Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps. Paul Ricard - officially called the High Tech Test Track - was was not designed to host more than a few thousand VIPs.


Clair, however, has insisted in a French-language AFP report: "It would be a great event to unify people with attractive prices thanks to funding provided by public and private partners."

He said the Paul Ricard project would include the addition of 50 000 temporary seats and another 25 000 spectators could watch from the hills "as in the past".

He said Paul Ricard now needed the official go-ahead "before the end of the first 2012 quarter" to comply with the requirements for planning, permits and environmental compliance.

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