FRENCH GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD
27/06/2021 13:00 UTC

FRENCH GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD
27/06/2021 13:00 UTC

25/06/2021

FP1: 11:30 - 12:30 /
FP2: 15:00 - 16:00

26/06/2021

FP3: 12:00 - 13:00 /
QUALI: 15:00 - 16:00

27/06/2021

RACE: 15:00

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 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.

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POSDRIVERPTS
1Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG Petronas)347
2Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG Petronas)223
3Max Verstappen (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)214
4Sergio Pérez (BWT Racing Point)125
5Daniel Ricciardo (Renault DP World)119
6Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren)105
7Alexander Albon (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)105
8Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow)98
9Lando Norris (McLaren)97
10Pierre Gasly (Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda)75
11Lance Stroll (BWT Racing Point)75
12Esteban Ocon (Renault DP World)62
13Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow)33
14Daniil Kvyat (Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda)32
15Nico Hülkenberg (BWT Racing Point)10
16Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN)4
17Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN)4
18George Russell (Williams Racing)3
19Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)2
20Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)1
21Nicholas Latifi (Williams Racing)0
22Jack Aitken (Williams Racing)0
23Pietro Fittipaldi (Haas F1 Team)0
POSTEAMPTS
1Mercedes573
2Red Bull319
3McLaren202
4Racing Point195
5Renault181
6Ferrari131
7AlphaTauri107
8Alfa Romeo8
9Haas3
10Williams0