The Paul Ricard Circuit is situated in Le Castellet, France, a few kilometres from the Cote d’Azur. It has hosted 15 editions of the French Grand Prix, the first in 1971, won by Sir Jackie Stewart in a Tyrrell.
After a long absence, the Formula 1 circus returned to Le Castellet last year, signalling the revival of one of the classic events of the World Championship.
In the intervening years, the Paul Ricard circuit made its name as a test track (not for official F1 tests) thanks to its many layouts, featuring low, medium and high speed corners. The circuit used for Formula 1 is 5.8 kilometres in length and features 15 corners.
One of the most iconic points on the Castellet track is Signes corner, which is taken flat out at 290 km/h. In the past, journalists would stand here to see who could take it fastest.
In 2018, pole position and the win went to Lewis Hamilton, but the quickest race lap was set by his Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas in 1.34.225.
FIRST GRAND PRIX: 1950
NUMBER OF LAPS: 53
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 5.842 KM
RACE DISTANCE: 309.69 KM
LAP RECORD: 1:34.225 – Valtteri Bottas (2018)
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