French Grand Prix returns to Paul Ricard in 2013?

NUMEROUS REPORTS ARE circulating that the French Grand Prix could make a shock return to the F1 calendar next year.

It is believed that an announcement is imminent, possibly within 24-hours, that the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in southern France will host the first French Grand Prix since 2008 when F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone dropped the race, previously held at Magny-Cours, from the calendar.

French newspaper Le Parisien reports that Prime Minister Francois Fillon will visit the circuit tomorrow and announce a new deal for races to alternate between Paul Ricard, which hosted F1 in the 70’s and 80’s, and Spa Francorchamps in Belgium each year.

The news will be especially welcomed in France as this year there are three French drivers on the grid, after several years of having none, with Romain Grosjean at Lotus, Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso and Charles Pic at Marussia.

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