Magny-Cours to remain on F1 calendar?

Magny-Cours looks set to host at least one more Formula One Grand Prix with Bernie Ecclestone admitting that F1 has a contract to stay at the track.

Ecclestone has been trying to take F1 away from Magny-Cours for the last few seasons without success, mainly because there is a distinct lack of viable alternative options. Despite Ecclestone s best efforts to find an alternative venue for the French Grand Prix, F1 looks set to return to Magny-Cours for the 2009 season as Formula One Management have a contract with the FFSA to keep the race on the F1 calendar.

Talking to Reuters, Ecclestone explained, “We ve got a contract here for another couple of years. Although the FFSA, who are the promoters, agreed two years ago that 2008 would be the last race, now they are saying 2009 will be the last race. But I m sure it s not.”

The Magny-Cours organisers have announced a redevelopment plan which will see track facilities upgraded and will include a new paddock area, however as yet, they have given no indication as to when the upgrades will be completed.

Several alternatives which have been touted include having a street race around Paris, or possibly building a circuit at EuroDisney.