Circuit Paul Ricard RSS


Castellet, France

  • Circuit type Race
  • Circuit Length 5.800kms
  • Established 1969
Records and Statistics
Race Date Winner
First race French Grand Prix July 4, 1971 Jackie Stewart (GBR) full results
Last race French Grand Prix July 8, 1990 Alain Prost (FRA) full results
Total races 14

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Profile

The first circuit to carry the name of a sponsor, the pastis magnate who financed the construction of this circuit. Built on an arid plateau east of Marseille, it was fast and open, with its long Mistral Straight and Signes corner a test of bravery. The circuit was chopped after Elio de Angelis died testing there in 1986, with a shorter version used until it was moved, for political reasons, to Magny-Cours in 1991.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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Notes

After the Paul Ricard died in 1999, the circuit was sold to Excelis, a company owned by Bernie Ecclestone. The circuit was re-built as a test and development center and is now known as the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track (Paul Ricard HTTT).

The circuit was built in 1969 financed by Paul Ricard who created Pernod Ricard.

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Latest Photos

March 4, 2010

Tobias Hegewald in action for RSC Mucke Motorsport during GP3 testing

May 15, 2008

Heikki Kovalainen returns to the pits

January 23, 2003

A general view of Paul Ricard's pit straight

January 23, 2003

The pit lane and buildings at the Circuit Paul Ricard

        

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