France could substitute New Jersey in 2013

Paul Ricard is the most likely location and is owned by Ecclestone.

28 October 2012 by Ryan Wood

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the French Grand Prix could return in 2013 as a replacement for the now postponed New Jersey race, which was moved back to 2014 due to construction delays.

Plans for a return to France have been circulating for a number of years now since Magny-Cours was dropped in 2008. However, the new Francois Hollande cabinet ruled out government backing for the event which killed off any plans for a comeback.

Ecclestone though says he's ready to sign a contract for 2013 to ensure the calendar remains at 20 events.

"If they are ready, we can slot it in the calendar ... As far as I'm concerned, yes. I'm hoping … we're ready to sign, we've got a pen and we're ready to sign," said Ecclestone who turns 82 on Sunday.

However he confirmed funding remains an issue and which circuit would host the race, Magny-Cours or Paul Ricard.

"Which circuit is going to be used, where and who pays for it … that's the bottom line."