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Formula One to quit Magny-Cours

Magny-Cours
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen won last year's French GP

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says this year's French Grand Prix will be the last held at Magny-Cours.

Ecclestone has long argued that the Circuit de Nevers, 155 miles (250km) south of Paris, is inaccessible and not up to modern F1 standards.

He said in an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe: "The concern is the location - 2008 will be the last time we continue like this.

"I would really love a French Grand Prix in the streets of Paris."

Ecclestone added: "Prime Minister Francois Fillon told me we would see if we could have a Grand Prix in Paris or just outside but that would not necessarily be for 2009, rather for 2010."

After the pair met last year, Fillon's office said three locations - the towns of Versailles and Evry and a site near Disneyland Paris east of the capital - were being considered as replacement venues.

Any delay in finding a new site could see the race dropped from the Formula One calendar.

Magny-Cours has been the permanent home of the French Grand Prix since 1991. The year's race takes place on Sunday, 22 June.


see also
Magny-Cours circuit guide
12 May 08 |  Motorsport
Formula One hope for Magny-Cours
24 Jul 07 |  Formula One
Ferrari revival thwarts Hamilton
01 Jul 07 |  Formula One
French Grand Prix photos
01 Jul 07 |  Motorsport


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