Ecclestone gives thumbs down to Magny Cours F1 return

Magny Cours

Magny Cours

Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone gave a clear thumbs down when asked if France is on the brink of returning to the grand prix calendar.

A week ago, former Grand Prix venue Magny Cours’ boss Serge Saulnier told Infosport: “If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close [to returning].”

He claimed that Magny Cours, located a remote 260 kilometres from Paris and absent from the calendar since 2008, is heading for a comeback race next year.

“We are still in negotiations with FOM,” said Saulnier, referring to Formula 1’s commercial rights company that is run by Ecclestone.

But in Monaco, when Ecclestone was asked about those French reports, the Briton told Reuters: “No.

“They’ll knock at the door but I don’t think we can do anything,” he added. (GMM)