Bernie Ecclestone has ruled out Formula 1 making a return to France in the near future, despite recent hints from officials at the Magny Course circuit that the venue was on the brink of a comeback.

France hasn’t staged a Formula 1 race since 2008, with the remote Magny Cours circuit playing host to the series from 1991 after a previous stint at Paul Ricard.

The circuit’s boss, Serge Saulnier, recently told Infosport: “If the will of a number of people is confirmed in the coming weeks, we are very close (to returning).

“We are still in negotiations with FOM.”

However, Ecclestone was quick to rule out a return during a visit to last weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

“They’ll knock at the door but I don’t think we can do anything,” he told the Reuters news agency.

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