French Grand Prix Gets New Home

Richard DeveauCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2009

This winter, Formula One race fans were informed that the French Grand Prix at the Circuit de Nevers at Magny-Cours was removed from the calendar.

French officials have now made their choice as to where the next French Grand Prix will take place in the future.

Forty kilometres north-west of Paris, a 95 hectare site in Flin-les Mureaux has been chosen as the site to build a brand new circuit. The circuit is expected to be 4.5 kilometres in length.

Along with a conference center that can be used year round, the circuit will cost approximately $144-million US. It was the cheapest of four possible locations.

French architect Jean-Michelle Wilmotte will join British circuit designer Apex, who will be in charge of designing a technically challenging track which will still allow for easy overtaking.

If the circuit gets the go-ahead, it should be ready for the 2011 season.

However, it is still up to Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone to decide if the circuit joins the schedule or not.

In the next few years, races in South Korea, India, and Russia are expected to join the F1 calendar.

The French Grand Prix was run at the Circuit de Nevers from 1992 to 2008. The circuit will not return in 2009 due to financial problems.