French Grand Prix

French Grand Prix

Circuit Information

Grand Prix Date: 20th June 2021 14:02
Bonus Round: Yes
Circuit Name: Circuit Paul Ricard
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.842
Race Distance: 309.690
Lap Record: 1:32.740 Sebastian Vettel (2019)

Statistics

When was the track built? Work began on pastis magnate Paul Ricard's track in 1969, with French racers Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo acting as consultants on the layout. Racing began at the circuit a year later. When was its first Grand Prix? Formula 1 hit the Circuit Paul Ricard in 1971, with Jackie Stewart winning the inaugural race in his Tyrrell 003. What's the circuit like? The Circuit Paul Ricard's even distribution of high-, medium- and low-speed corners is a key reason why it's one of the most used test circuits in the world (the typically good weather is another). F1 drivers love the 290km/h right-hander at Signes and the 5g joyride of the following Beausset bend, while the circuit's 2018 return to the F1 calendar showed that the French Grand Prix track is a bit of an overtaking gem.