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FIA sets French GP terms

The French Grand Prix has been granted a provisional place on the 2004 Formula 1 calendar by the FIA World Motor Sports Council. The event will run on July 4 next year, with the British Grand Prix switching to July 11 as expected.

However, the Council, which met in Monaco today (Friday), has set two conditions that must be satisfied before December 31 for the Magny-Cours event to go ahead.

The FIA has said that it must receive confirmation that a contract is in place between Formula One Management and the FFSA, French motorsport's governing body. Further, all the F1 teams must agree that the race can be reinstated on the calendar.

If the race goes ahead next year, it will stretch the F1 calendar to 18 races for the first time. The new date given to the French race is the date that the British GP was originally due to run on.

The French Grand Prix's place on the F1 calendar for next year was first called into doubt when it was revealed that race organisers owed money to FOM, which is owned by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Australia (Melbourne)
Malaysia (Sepang)
Bahrain (Bahrain)
San Marino (Imola)
Spain (Barcelona)
Monaco (Monaco)
Europe (Nurburgring)
Canada (Montreal)
USA (Indianapolis)
France (Magny-Cours)*
Great Britain (Silverstone)
Germany (Hockenheim)
Hungary (Budapest)
Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
Italy (Monza)
China (Shanghai)
Japan (Suzuka)
Brazil (Sao Paolo)

* Subject to the unanimous agreement of the teams and subject to the satisfactory conclusion of a contract with Formula One Management before December 31, 2003.

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