FRENCH GRAND PRIX

FRENCH GRAND PRIX

Circuit Paul Ricard, LE CASTELLET

FIRST GRAND PRIX: 1950
NUMBER OF LAPS: 53
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 5.842 KM
RACE DISTANCE: 309.69 KM
LAP RECORD: ...

FRENCH GRAND PRIX

It's back! The French Grand Prix features on the Formula 1 calendar in 2018, the first time it has done so since 2008. The news has been greeted with delight by the F1 world: after all, the words "Grand Prix" are French and this is the country credited with inventing the sport in the first place, hosting the first ever grand prix in 1906. When the race was last held a decade ago, it was at the Magny Circuit in central France. Now it returns to the Paul Ricard Circuit, also known as Le Castellet, which last hosted this race in 1990. The track and its facilities have been substantially upgraded since then and it has been a popular venue for testing (non-F1) because of its mild weather in winter and multiple layouts.

Apart from appearing on the calendar for the first time in a decade, the French GP is also making a small piece of F1 history in another way: the race at Le Castellet will be the initial weekend of the sport's first ever triple-header, as the races in Austria and the UK take place on the following two Sundays. That final race at Magny-Cours was won by the recently retired Felipe Massa and the last winner at the Paul Ricard circuit, which by the way takes its name from the famous founder of the eponymous French pastis drink, was Alain Prost, the only Frenchman to win the World Championship, something he did four times in fact.


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