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Magny-Cours to stay on calendar

Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari in action at Magny-Cours
Magny-Cours's location makes it unappealing for F1's power-brokers

French Grand Prix track Magny-Cours has been given a stay of execution and will stay on the calendar next season, says Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

It had previously been expected that the track was hosting its last event this season, before a move to a venue closer to Paris, probably for 2010.

But Ecclestone said before Sunday's race: "We've got a contract here for another couple of years."

He added that he was still hoping for an eventual move to the capital.

Disneyland Paris is the favoured location as F1 searches for a venue with plenty of hotel rooms and easy rail access from Paris and the rest of Europe.

But there are at least a couple of other potential locations.

The French Federation are saying 2009 will be the last race but I'm sure it's not

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone
All of them would require the construction of a brand new track.

"We'll have to see," said Ecclestone, who was talking to the Reuters news agency.

"We have a contract so we are here. When that contract stops, we'll have to see what we can do.

"I think it (Disney) would be good. They've got hotels and the trains go there."

He said he expected Magny-Cours to host the race for at least another two years.

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"Although the FFSA (French federation), 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."

Magny-Cours, in a predominantly rural area in the middle of France, has always struggled to provide the facilities expected of a modern F1 venue.

The FFSA has a contract for a Grand Prix until 2011 and is due to meet next week to decide what to do next year, depending on continued local government funding for Magny-Cours and the financial outcome of the 2008 event.

Organisers also unveiled plans last Friday to upgrade the circuit.




see also
Ferrari lock out France front row
21 Jun 08 |  Formula One
Formula One to quit Magny-Cours
12 May 08 |  Formula One


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