France ready for Grand Prix
Finance in place to host Formula One in 2013
Last Updated: March 8, 2012 1:28pm
Paul Ricard: Last hosted Formula One in 1990
France's Sports Minister David Douillet says the country is ready to stage a Formula One race in 2013 and the only hold-up is from their Belgium counterparts.
The French government is keen to have a deal in place before the country goes to the polls in April for the first round of Presidential elections.
Douillet claims that they have the finance in place to host a race at Paul Ricard and now if the race is to alternate with Spa, it is up to Belgium to sort their contract with Bernie Ecclestone, which expires at the end of next season.
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He told France's RMC Sport: "I told Bernie we were ready. We have discussed our finances and he has agreed.
"Now we await the position of our Belgian friends since the project is to alternate between Castellet and Spa.
"They have constraints with respect to a contract that binds them still to Bernie Ecclestone for the use of the circuit.
"They need to work it out among themselves. But we are ready and we need it. I remind you that we have a nice car industry"