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F1 will quit Magny-Cours after 2007

F1 will quit Magny-Cours after 2007
Thursday, 31, May, 2007, 13:48

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that this year's French Grand Prix will be the last to be held at Magny-Cours.

But he believes that the race itself could still have a future at a new venue - potentially in Paris.

Ecclestone replied with a firm "yes" would asked by French newspaper L'Equipe whether Formula 1 would leave Magny-Cours after 2007.

"It's a little bit disappointing because we organised this grand prix and it has never developed in the way that we would have liked it to," Bernie told L'Equipe.

Magny-Cours replaced Paul Ricard as the French GP venue in 1991, but has come under increasing criticism for its isolated location, and lack of facilities and atmosphere.

The French motorsport federation (FFSA) announced in March that it was 'suspending' the Magny-Cours F1 race for 2008 because "not all the conditions necessary for success were met."

Although Ecclestone has been pushing for more grands prix to take place in new markets such as Asia and the Middle East at the expense of traditional European dates, he said the French GP should survive - ideally in a more glamorous location.

"That's why I would like to see something in Paris," he said.

"A beautiful track on the roads of Paris - going up the Champs-Elysées, going round the corner there...

"You can always dream, can't you?

"I'm trying to turn dreams into reality."

Speculation has suggested that a circuit could be created at Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport, or the Disneyland Paris resort.

Ecclestone said that the latter plan had its merits.

"Why not Disneyland?" he said.

"It has hotels, you can get there by train, it would be ideal."

Bernie's declaration that Magny-Cours' 2007 GP will be its last makes it extremely unlikely that the French GP will appear on the 2008 calendar, as work has yet to begin on an alternative venue.

The race has been a fixture on the world championship schedule every year bar 1955.
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