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F1 Champion Prost doubtful over France GP future

  • France's only Formula One champion Alain Prost has expressed his doubt over the chances of the country hosting a grand prix again in the near future.

    France last hosted a grand prix at Magny-Cours in 2008 after an unbroken run on the calendar since 1956.

    Hopes for a return at Le Castellet, a track in the south of France owned by a family trust set up by F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, rose after financial terms were agreed upon earlier this year.

    However, the likelihood appears to have receded after the election of Socialist Francois Hollande as president this month.

    Ecclestone has opposed any return to Magny-Cours, which is in a rural area where jobs are scarce, and is likely to be preferred by the new administration for economic reasons.

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