The circuit had three track layout permutations, a large industrial park and an airstrip. The combination of modern facilities, mild winter weather and an airstrip made it popular amongst racing teams for car testing during the annual winter off-season. Mostly, it was testing by the Formula One team.
This is the place, where some of the best French drivers of the ’70s and’ 80s have developed. Among others, Alain Prost, four-time champion of the French Grand Prix. He had his best years in 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Repeatedly, Paul Ricard track hosted the 14 editions of Formula One French Grand Prix, where the first French Grand Prix was in 1971. Including Bol d’Or and French motorcycle Grand Prix.
The last Grand Prix event was held in 1990. Since then, the organization of the events has been transferred to Magny-Cours, where it lasted until 2008. In the following years, discussions continued on the restoration of the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit. After a ten-year absence from the calendar, the event returned at the Paul Ricard racetrack in 2018.
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Circuit Paul Ricard
|Name||Circuit Paul Ricard|
|Location||Le Castellet, France|
|Major events||Formula One, French Grand Prix (2018-present), FIA Motorsport Games, WTCC, French Grand Prix, MotoGP, FIA GT, 6 Hours of Castellet, FIM Endurance World|
|Circuit length||5.842 km|