Adapted from GMM
Jean Todt insists it is not up to him to revive France's grand prix.
Despite earlier efforts by venues Paul Ricard and Magny Cours to raise the tricolour once again, the last remaining spot on the 2013 calendar is now expected to be filled by either Turkey or Austria.
But with F1's Paris based governing body headed by a Frenchman, president Todt, surely the 66-year-old could wield his power in favour of a French grand prix?
"It is up to neither the FIA nor its president to address this problem," he is quoted as insisting.
"It is up to the French motor sport federation, the regions and eventually the French authorities. But as someone passionate about motor racing, I would be happy if there is a grand prix de France. If the file arrives on my desk, I will obviously do what I can for a favourable outcome. But that is still to happen," insisted Todt, according to French reports.
Jean Todt also says he could imagine Michael Schumacher making a return to professional racing in "maybe two years".
But the FIA president, who was the team boss at Ferrari throughout the great German's reign of ultra-success - and is still a close friend - thinks 43-year-old Schumacher's days in formula one are now definitely over.
But "Who knows," Frenchman Todt said in the Italian media, "maybe he will decide to come back to race in a couple of years. His decision (to retire) relates only to formula one. He could decide to race in other categories."