top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

Formula 1 set to return to France

Le Castellet circuit near Marseille expected to welcome Grand Prix from 2013, alternating with Belgium

FORMULA One World Championship racing is set to return to France from 2013, alternating with Belgium over a two-year cycle.

The announcement from Gilles Dufeigneux, the interministerial delegate for large sporting events, and Bernie Ecclestone, the chair of Formula 1 racing, is expected this afternoon.

The most likely circuit to be used is the Le Castellet circuit near Marseille which was purchased in 1999 by Excelis, a company owned by Bernie Ecclestone. It has been rebuilt extensively since then.

Historically, Le Mans, Reims, Rouen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon and the Magny-Cours circuit at Nevers have been used for circuits.

The circuit at Le Castellet was used for 14 races prior to 1990. The Magny-Cours circuit was then used to host races from 1991-2008 but did not host events subsequently "after examining the economic context" according to Grand Prix de France.

Bernie Ecclestone had criticised the infrastructure at Magny-Cours, as well as its isolated geographical position and negotiations to keep F1 racing in France in 2009 and 2010 failed.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now