Bernie: French GP deal done
The French Grand Prix is all set to return to the Formula One calendar in 2013 with Bernie Ecclestone confirming the "deal is done".
France has not hosted a grand prix since Magny-Cours was dropped in 2009 due to financial difficulties, but the country will return to the schedule next year with the Paul Ricard circuit hosting the race.
The track, near Marseille, is expected to alternate with Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps.
Although F1 supremo Ecclestone admits they still have one or two issues still to sort out, he has "no doubt" everything will be settled.
"The deal is done," Ecclestone said. "We actually agreed on financial terms with the sports minister, David Douillet, in my office last Tuesday.
"We are still discussing a few points about money around the race, 'You give me this, I want that' and so on. But, for me, there is no doubt that we will sort it all out."