Laffite doubts Magny Cours to return to F1 calendar

Jacques Laffite

Jacques Laffite

Former grand prix driver Jacques has played down reports Magny Cours is still in the running for a return to the Formula 1 calendar.

Recently, Alain Prost – who was involved in the efforts to revive the French Grand Prix for 2013 – said he thinks there could now be “possible openings” on the 2014 calendar.

But also involved in those efforts was Laffite, another former Formula 1 winner from France.

He told Le Journal du Centre newspaper: “I doubt Formula 1 will return to Magny Cours.

“If the regional authorities have no such desire, it is not possible to organise the Grand Prix.”

Laffite said the decision to abandon efforts to return the Grand Prix to France is wrong.

“It can be compared to Canada; when the race was not held for a year, Montreal lost 92 million dollars,” he claimed. “Formula 1 is a very profitable sporting event.” (GMM)