France is only now waiting on Belgium to green-light its return to the F1 calendar in 2013. Sports minister David Douillet told RMC Sport that everything else is now in place for France to stage its first Formula One race since 2008.
“I have told Bernie Ecclestone that we are ready. We have done the financial side, on which he agreed,” he said. “Now we wait for the position of our Belgian friends, since the project is to alternate between Le Castellet (Paul Ricard) and Spa,” added Douillet.
He said the hold-up with Belgium is because of Spa-Francorchamps’ existing contract with Ecclestone for a race every year.
“They need to work it out amongst themselves,” he explained. “But we are ready, and – for our car industry – we need it.”