New French track plans scrapped

Plans for the French Grand Prix to return to the F1 calendar have received a blow after plans for a new F1 track were scrapped.

There had been talk of the 4.5 km track at Flins-Les-Mureaux hosting future Grand Prixs in France with the circuit being the focal point of a new industrial complex, aimed at attracting more investment to the area. It had been hoped that the circuit would be ready by 2011 to host an F1 race.

However local authorities have decided to scrap the idea, concentrating solely on the industrial parts of the plan instead.

Despite this setback, it is hoped that France may still be able to host a race in 2011 – the owners of the Paul Ricard circuit, a track which has already seen many F1 tests, are potentially looking at hosting a Formula One race in the future.