Nov.7 (GMM/ The F1 world should handle with caution Bernie Ecclestone’s suggestion his sport could be heading back to Magny Cours.

Amid reports Paul Ricard is leading France’s bid to revive the country’s defunct grand prix in 2013, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said this week: “If we go to France, it will be Magny Cours”.

But former French F1 driver Patrick Tambay told RMC Sport that commentators “must be wary” of the wily 82-year-old’s comments.

He said Ecclestone could merely be using Magny Cours’ name to put pressure on Paul Ricard amid the negotiations.

Magny Cours chief Serge Saulnier declined to comment.

But a source close to the circuit, which last hosted the French grand prix in 2008, said Magny Cours’ bid to host F1 again is still alive.