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French GP 'is not dead'

ESPNF1 Staff
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The French Grand Prix is expected to be held at Paul Ricard © Sutton Images

France's sports minister David Douillet insists that plans are still on track to bring back the French Grand Prix.

It was reported in early January that the race was as good as confirmed, to such an extent that a race date of September 1 2013 was revealed. However, despite meetings with Bernie Ecclestone there have been no further announcements about the race, which is expected to alternate with Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Douillet says the process is still moving forwards and that it's a lack of finalised details from Spa that is slowing progress.

"[The race] is not dead," Douillet told French television. "We have three new French drivers in F1 and so we have to have a grand prix de France. That's my job. France is the land of the grand prix.

"I met with Bernie Ecclestone and he is totally willing to share it between Belgium and France. He has mobilised and motivated local governments for the financing of the event, even if we are yet to have all the details from our Belgian friends. There are also some details to go with one or two of the close cities. We are almost there."