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French GP - Track Guide

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Friday action in Circuit Paul Ricard, for the French GP, officially the Formula 1 Emirates Grand Prix De France 2021.


The track constructions began in 1969, and got completed a year later. Racing began in 1970, although Formula 1 started racing at the track in 1971, with Jackie Stewart winning the inaugural race in his Tyrrell 003.

Track Characteristics (as seen above)

Turns: 15

DRS Zones: 2

Circuit Length: 5.842 km (3.630 mi)

Total Race Distance: 309.69 km (192.432 mi)

Number of Laps: 53

Lap Record: 1:32.740 (Sebastian Vettel, 2019)

Direction: Clockwise

Elevation: 33 m


The middle three compounds in the Formula 1 range will be used this weekend: C2 as the P Zero White hard, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as the P Zero Red soft. This is the same choice as was made in 2019, when the race was last run.

Pressure and Camber info:

Minimum Starting Pressure (slicks): 21.0 psi (front), 19.5 psi (rear)

EOS Camber limit: -3.50° (front), -2.00° (rear)

More information on tyre and circuit characteristics by Pirelli:

Click here to see the full French GP weekend schedule.

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