Paul Ricard is edging closer to returning to the F1 calendar

France’s long-awaited return to the Formula 1 calendar is now a step closer, according to reports in the local media.

The Paul Ricard circuit is the most likely candidate to host the return of the French Grand Prix, with the La Sarthe circuit set to alternate with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

According to a report in France’s Nice Matin newspaper, the leading figure helping to lobby for the race’s return has hinted that an announcement confirming the deal could come as soon as January.

“Things are moving in a very real way,” Gilles Dufeigneux, the man appointed by France’s Prime Minister Francois Fillon to be in charge of the race’s comeback plans, said.

“All the indicators are green now, or soon will be. My current mood is summarised with three words: optimism, prudence, humility.

“We have entered the stage of completion and we can say that final decisions will be made very soon, in January or early February,” he added.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.