Paul Ricard

Circuit Technical data
Location: France Power:
Date: Aug 29th, 2014 Handling:
Race distance: 305km Acceleration:
Laps: 79 Downforce: Medium
Lap distance: 3.861 km Overtaking: Easy
Average speed: 225.75 km/h Suspension rigidity: Medium
Grand Prix Held: 20 Fuel consumption: High
Number of corners: 11 Tyre wear: Very high
Time in/out of pits: 19.5s Grip level: Very high
Category: F1
Records

Season Best qualifying lap
29  Atis Praudins 1:00.769s


Season Track record
29  Atis Praudins 1:01.567s

Description

This track was built in 1969, financed by Paul Ricard, the drinks magnate, who lived nearby. The circuit is located around 10 km north of the village of Le Castellet and had facilities which were years ahead of its time.

The track was dominated by the mile-long Mistral Straight which was followed by the flat-out Signes corner. Frenchman Patrick Tambay recorded a speed of 225 MPH down the Mistral in 1983, at the wheel of a Ferrari turbo. Despite the frightening speed, for many years this track was considered to be the safest motor racing facility in the world.

Paul Ricard held its first French Grand Prix in 1971, a race dominated by Jackie Stewart. The 1980s resulted in two popular French wins, Arnoux triumphing in 1982 and Prost the following year, both in Renaults. The track was the home of a Winfield Racing School which produced some of the best French drivers of the time, including Tambay, Pironi, and Prost.

The tragic death of Elio De Angelis in 1986 provided an excuse to move the French Grand Prix to Magny Cours, a decision which had much to do with French provincial politics and little to do with safety. Following De Angelis' death, the circuit length was cut down considerably, with additional turns added to reduce speeds.

Last used for F1 in 1990, the track was sold in May 1999 to Bernie Ecclestone following Paul Ricard's death. The circuit has since been completely rebuilt and is currently being used as an F1 test track. The track also hosts the international "Bol d'Or" motorcycle race.

History
Season Race Winner Pole position Fastest lap
1 14 Vaidotas Valiukas
1h30:32.699s
Manuel Gonzalez
2:11.926s
Manuel Gonzalez
1:06.136s
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2 11 Mariano Torregomez
1h30:29.742s
Mariano Torregomez
2:11.312s
Mariano Torregomez
1:06.906s
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3 5 Petar Totev
1h27:59.832s
Petar Totev
2:08.324s
Petar Totev
1:04.928s
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4 12 Petar Totev
1h29:56.086s
Petar Totev
2:18.402s
Petar Totev
1:04.675s
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6 11 Gatis Laugalis
1h27:43.335s
Peter Helcmanovsky
2:07.170s
Cristian Iorga
1:04.609s
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7 13 Leandro Sereno
1h44:20.473s
Gatis Laugalis
2:19.567s
Jari Aareskoski
1:16.465s
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9 7 Maxim Kotov
1h24:50.621s
Vladimir Islentiev
2:04.386s
Maxim Kotov
1:02.018s
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10 4 Vladimir Islentiev
1h35:59.134s
Gatis Laugalis
2:05.290s
Edijs Putniņš
1:03.112s
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12 3 Jari Aareskoski
1h25:42.616s
Jari Aareskoski
2:03.244s
Jari Aareskoski
1:02.985s
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15 6 Heidi Aareskoski
1h28:11.843s
Heidi Aareskoski
2:26.312s
Heidi Aareskoski
1:04.262s
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18 5 Vladimir Islentiev
1h24:45.762s
Toygun Senler
2:13.644s
Laila Britāle
1:02.100s
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20 13 Edvinas Pranculevicius
1h24:45.444s
Toygun Senler
2:03.949s
Edvinas Pranculevicius
1:02.220s
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23 5 Leandro Sereno
1h35:38.776s
Edvinas Pranculevicius
2:03.653s
Zdenek Hladik
1:03.308s
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27 5 Justinas Smyšliajevas
1h35:18.053s
Justinas Smyšliajevas
2:20.148s
Justinas Smyšliajevas
1:10.935s
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29 8 Atis Praudins
1h23:48.479s
Atis Praudins
2:02.608s
Atis Praudins
1:01.567s
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31 14 Tomasz Kaminski
1h24:38.165s
Tomasz Kaminski
2:03.812s
Tomasz Kaminski
1:02.484s
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34 2 Leandro Sereno
1h25:04.722s
Vsevolod Demydov
2:03.621s
Vsevolod Demydov
1:02.248s
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37 2 João Monteiro
1h27:16.649s
Vsevolod Demydov
2:20.225s
João Monteiro
1:02.611s
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39 5 Paulo Pinto
1h24:37.227s
Vsevolod Demydov
2:03.028s
Christos Bobolis
1:02.073s
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43 6 Tomek Kiełpiński
1h24:24.414s
Ian Lynch
2:04.232s
Tomek Kiełpiński
1:02.116s
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