One has to smile sometimes when you hear Bernie Ecclestone in action. The other day he told a German magazine that it was logical to have a French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours on June 23. In F1 terms, yes, it is logical. The F1 circus will be coming home from Canada after a race on June 9, with no Race in New Jersey on June 16, as had been planned. The next scheduled Grand Prix is the British GP on June 30 and so on paper the June 23 race in France would be perfect.
Except for one tiny little detail. The Le Mans 24 Hours, France’s biggest motor racing, takes place at Le Mans on June 22-23. To put the French GP up against this would be decidedly daft as it would mean that French race fans would have to choose between the two and both would therefore suffer.
Talk about stirring the pot…
The most likely outcome of all this (if there is one) would be a race at the end of August at Paul Ricard, but as the promoters of the idea do not have the money needed it is all rather academic at the moment.