Need To Know: 2019 French Grand Prix

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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the French Grand Prix weekend on June 21-23, 2019!

Last year, Formula 1 returned to France for the first time since 2008 and the French Grand Prix was held at Circuit Paul Ricard for the first time since 1991. With the track located near Marseille, a trip to the French Grand Prix also offers a chance to check out the Cote d’Azur region of France. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to visit in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Le Castellet for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

General Admission tickets for the event are the 17th most expensive from the 21 races this year. Tickets are reasonably affordable for locals, costing around 5.5% of the average local monthly wage. 150,000 fans attended last year’s French Grand Prix and the influx of cars mixed with poorly executed travel arrangements by the circuit led to long delays for most in attendance. The good news is that organisers have had a major rethink for this year, in hopes of avoiding 6-hour traffic delays as seen last year. As part of the new mobility plan, there will be a free park and ride service. See here for more travel advice on getting to the circuit.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the French Grand Prix!

Aside from the Formula 1 action, support series Formula 2 and Formula 3 will also be on track over the weekend. In F2, Nyck de Vries won at the track in the Sprint Race last year. There’s currently a single point gap in between him and championship leader Nicholas Latifi, which he’ll be hoping to close this weekend. The Renault Clio Cup also joins the support bill in 2019. French DJs Bob Sinclair and Martin Solveig will also be headlining concerts at the track on Saturday and Sunday respectively. More info here. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Going to the race? Join our closed Facebook group Going to the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard to connect with fellow fans, plan joint trips to the circuit and find answers to your questions!

What to look forward to at the 2019 French Grand Prix

France is often considered the birthplace of modern Grand Prix racing, with the first French Grand Prix taking place in 1906. The 96th running of the historic event looks set to offer an intriguing battle between Mercedes and Ferrari, with the track having characteristics which will suit both packages. With a busy support race schedule and stunning scenery in the surrounding areas, the French Grand Prix is the perfect place to soak up the early summer sun.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts

Away from the track, Le Festival de Marseilles will be in full swing over Grand Prix week, with a range of music, dance and arts events on offer. Meanwhile, in nearby Toulon, L’Estival 2019 – a classical musical festival – coincides with race week.

If you’re not in Le Castellet for this year’s French Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 French Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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  1. Amanda Hurst says:

    Is parking free around the circuit.?

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