Bernie Ecclestone has given a bleak assessment of the future of formula one racing at Magny Cours, after organisers recently announced that the circuit is unlikely to host the French grand prix in 2008.
The race’s promoter confirmed in March that a deal had not been reached with the F1 supremo to run the event beyond this year, but vowed to reconvene in July to “re-examine the situation”.
When he was asked if the unpopular destination would host F1 for the last time on July 1 this season, however, Ecclestone bluntly told the sports newspaper L’Equipe: “Yes.”
The 76-year-old said he would prefer to host next year’s French grand prix on the streets of Paris, with the famous Champs-Elysees as part of the route.
“Everyone has dreams, and I will try to carry out this one,” Bernie explained, also not ruling out the venue Disneyland Park Paris as second-choice.