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24h Le Mans 2009

Le Mans rules out French Grand Prix date

24h Le Mans 2009

Pierre Fillon is the president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the organiser of the fabled 24 hour endurance race at the Le Mans circuit, has ruled his organisation out of any plans to revive the French Grand Prix.

He told Le Maine Libre newspaper that FIA president Jean Todt had been in touch to ask if Le Mans would consider reviving the French grand prix, absent from the calendar since Magny Cours last hosted it in 2008.

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“I think it would not bring us anything. We would need to invest 17 or 18 million euros, financing it exclusively via the ticket booths,” Fillon said. “At best, we would be breaking even.”

Fillon was also asked about the possibility of new manufacturers entering Le Mans, and answered: “Ferrari will remain in F1 until they become world champions. I would find it an excellent idea if Fiat positioned Alfa Romeo in endurance racing.”