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French Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2018

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit Paul Ricard
LocationLe Castellet
TimezoneGMT +01:00
Race debut1971
Length km
Distance km
Line offset km

Event overview

Paul Ricard was built in 1969, funded by the French businessman of the same name. It's initial aim was to learn and eradicate the problems of building efficient roads, which in turn means it has longer than normal straights. There were several track layouts to start with, a longer version, short track, and even shorter club track.

The track hosted the French Grand Prix from 1971, alternating with other tracks in France until 1985 when it took full control of the race. The final GP held at Paul Ricard was in 1990, won by Alain Prost in the Ferrari. Tragically, Elio de Angelis was killed during testing at the track in 1986, which brought about circuit upgrades to improve safety.

When track owner Paul Ricard died, the circuit was sold to Bernie Ecclestone, who invested in turning it into a super high tech advanced testing track. It was officially renamed the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track, but was renamed back to the more pronounceable Circuit Paul Ricard. Various tests have taken place at the circuit, with Pirelli holding a pre-season prototype tyre test in 2016. The track can simulate wet conditions with sprinklers and has large run off areas to allow for safe testing throughout.

Towards the end of 2016, it was confirmed that Circuit Paul Ricard would be the host of the returning French Grand Prix, set to rejoin the F1 calendar in 2018.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
22 JunFridayFree Practice 1TBCTBC
Free Practice 2TBCTBC
23 JunSaturdayFree Practice 3TBCTBC
24 JunSundayGrand PrixTBCTBC