French GP return in 2013 impossible claims Prost

Alain Prost (FRA). Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Practice, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Friday 2 November 2012.Nov.29 (GMM) France’s most successful F1 driver Alain Prost has confirmed reports that the French GP will definitely not feature on Formula One’s 2013 calendar.

The reports had said that Paul Ricard and Magny Cours had both missed the deadline to apply to France’s sanctioning body, the FFSA, for a request to the FIA for a 2013 calendar change.

Asked about France’s chances of organising a 2013 race now, Prost – who has recently been working as an advisor to the Paul Ricard project – answered: “For 2013 it is impossible.

“The time is over. We will see what we can do for 2014. Now, it is technically impossible for 2013.”

Asked why the French revival efforts had failed for now, Prost told RMC Sport: “Two things. First, the real lack of desire [on the part] of Bernie Ecclestone to have another grand prix in Europe.

“And then, of course, financially.”

However, Paul Ricard boss Stephane Clair quickly contradicted Prost’s comments, telling RMC that he will meet with the quadruple world champion to discuss them on Friday.

Clair insisted that there is “no obligation” for a French GP project to have confirmation before December, and “no deadline” in place by Bernie Ecclestone.

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