FRENCH GRAND PRIX

PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT - LE CASTELLET

22/07/2022

FP1: 14:00 - 15:00 / FP2: 17:00 - 18:00

23/07/2022

FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 / QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00

24/07/2022

RACE: 15:00

22 - 24 july

FRENCH GRAND PRIX

PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT - LE CASTELLET

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22/07/2022

FP1: 14:00 - 15:00 /
FP2: 17:00 - 18:00

23/07/2022

FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 /
QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00

24/07/2022

RACE: 15:00

French GP: all you need to know

In 2018, the French Grand Prix returned to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2008.

It was a popular move as, 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-Cours Circuit in central France. Now it is held at the Paul Ricard Circuit, also known as Le Castellet, which previously hosted the race from 1971 to 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.

 

The F1 venues in France

The French Grand Prix has been held at seven venues in total, with Magny-Cours hosting it the most often (18 times,) followed by Paul Ricard (16) Reims (11,) Rouen (5,) Clermont-Ferrand (4) and Le Mans once.

The final race at Magny-Cours was won by Felipe Massa, who retired from F1 at the end of 2017 and the last winner at the Paul Ricard circuit was Alain Prost, the only Frenchman to win the World Championship, something he did four times in fact.

The 2019 French Grand Prix, held at the Paul Ricard circuit which takes its name from the famous French drink, was won by Lewis Hamilton. In 2020, the race was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After the pandemic put paid to the 2020 edition, the French GP was back in 2021. Red Bull Racing had both of its drivers on the podium, with a win for Verstappen and Perez in third, split by Hamilton in the Mercedes.

CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD

Paul Louis Marius Ricard

The Paul Ricard Circuit is named after the eccentric French businessman who built it. It is located near Le Castellet, a commune in the Var region of the South of France and it dates back to medieval times.

Bernie Ecclestone acquired the facility, renaming Paul Ricard the High Tech Test Track, with no fewer than 180 different track configurations. The venue boasts an irrigation system, used to simulate wet conditions for testing. The shortest layout is only 800 metres, while the longest one, used for the French GP, is 5.861 km.

Apart from its current home at Le Castellet, the French Grand Prix has also been held at Magny-Cours, Reims, Rouen, Dijon, Clermont Ferrand and Le Mans.

FIRST GRAND PRIX
1971
NUMBER OF LAPS
53
CIRCUIT LENGTH
5.842 km
RACE DISTANCE
309.69 km
LAP RECORD
1:32.740 Sebastian Vettel (2019)

WEEKEND TYRE CHOICE

C2
HARD
C3
MEDIUM
C4
SOFT

results FRENCH GRAND PRIX

1Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:31.727
2Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:31.891
3Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:32.297
4Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:32.354
5Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:32.672
6Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari1:32.756
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:32.819
8Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Ferrari1:33.034
9Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:33.041
10George Russell Mercedes1:33.109
13Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT1:33.394
16Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT1:33.439
1Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:31.081
2Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:31.216
3Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:31.990
4Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:32.120
5Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:32.274
6Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:32.631
7George Russell Mercedes1:32.633
8Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari1:32.649
9Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:32.777
10Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT1:32.836
1Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:30.872
2Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:31.176
3Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:31.335
4Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:31.765
5Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:32.032
6George Russell Mercedes1:32.131
7Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:32.552
8Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPT1:32.780
9Carlos Sainz FerrariDNF
10Kevin Magnussen Haas FerrariNo Time
1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:30:02.112
2Lewis Hamilton Mercedes+10.587s
3George Russell Mercedes+16.495s
4Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT+17.310s
5Carlos Sainz Ferrari+28.872s
6Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault+42.879s
7Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes+52.026s
8Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault+56.959s
9Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes+60.372s
10Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes+62.549s
12Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT+65.448s
20Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri RBPTDNF

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