Race Preview: France
The inside track to the eighth round of the 2018 season. Find out all the important information by reading our race preview.
For the first time in 10 years we head to the French Grand Prix and this time to the southern French venue of Paul Ricard. A popular winter testing venue, the 3.63-mile track is known for the long 1.1-mile Mistral straight and its distinctive run-off areas.
Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
The first corner of the circuit is a 90-degree left-hander which could see plenty of action on the opening lap of the race as the field jostles for position.
Breaking up the long back straight is the chicane of turns 8 and 9. It’s important to get the braking right into here and a strong exit so that you’re not compromised heading down into turn 10.
Turn 11 is a long, tricky right-hander coming very quickly after the fast turn 10, which tightens on exit. It isn’t a traditional overtaking point but some may be tempted to try and make a move down the inside here.
The tight end to the lap at Paul Ricard culminates in turns 14 and 15. Stability and traction through this section will be vital in order to get a good exit onto the start/finish straight.
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Q: How challenging is the track on a low-med-high scale?
A: The long straights put an increased strain on the engine and fuel consumption particularly, so this will be something that needs to be managed carefully across the weekend.
Q: What challenges do you face as a team?
A: After a long hiatus, the Circuit Paul Ricard is back on the calendar so the team needs to be ready for any unexpected challenges that may arise across the weekend.
The previous French Grand Prix held at the Circuit Paul Ricard was in 1990, when a shorter 2.369-mile layout was used.
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