Tickets – 2020 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard

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The lowdown on buying tickets for the 2020 French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 26-28.

The Editor attended the 2019 French Grand Prix. Read the report on GPDestinations.com: First Impressions of Circuit Paul Ricard. All images © F1Destinations.com.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 French Grand Prix with early bird pricing; save 20% on 3-day tickets until December 31, 2019. Buy tickets from the official supplier, GPFrance.com. There are just five grandstands plus General Admission on offer at Circuit Paul Ricard. Two of the grandstands are covered, which can be worth it given the strong sun and high temperatures in this part of the world during summer. After the well-documented traffic issues during the first race in 2018, the organizers put a proper mobility in plan for 2019 which worked very well and was helped by smaller numbers of spectators. Ticket prices are lower for 2020 as a result.

Official Ticket Packages from F1 Experiences

Official Ticket Packages at Circuit Paul Ricard include select grandstands or access to VIP hospitality in the Champions Club or Formula 1 Paddock Club, plus unique additional benefits such as F1 driver meet-and-greets, access to the F1 Paddock and more. You can also add accommodation and transfers to and from the circuit to your ticket package. The Champions Club, located on the final corners at the circuit, is recommended for great views and premium hospitality in a modern, permanent building.

2020 French Grand Prix tickets

All tickets for 3 days.
LocationSectionEarly Bird / Regular Price in EUR
Start/Finish1,2,3€399/499
Saint Baume1,2€279/349
Saint Baume3,6€229/279
Chicane2,3,4,5,6€229/279
Le Beausset1,2,3,4€229/279
Virage Du Pont1€279/349
Virage Du Pont2,3,4€309/369
General AdmissionN/A€119/149

Need to Know

  • You can choose the section of the grandstand you want to sit, but not specific seats.
  • The distinctive blue and red striped runoff areas at Paul Ricard take up a lot of space at the circuit, putting most grandstands some distance from the track proper.
  • Children aged under 6 are granted free entry, provided they do not occupy a seat. General Admission and Grandstand Tickets for children aged 6-12 are available at a 50% discount to the adult price. Regular tickets without discount need to be purchased for children aged 13 or over.
  • The Start/Finish & Virage du Pont grandstands are covered; all other grandstands are open to the elements
  • Grandstands and General Admission areas are accessible for reduced-mobility spectators. A special zone is available for wheelchair users on the Beausset corner; email the circuit or call +33 97 07 36 300 to book tickets.

French Grand Prix tickets analysis

  • Start-Finish: the Gold seats in the main grandstand are covered. As always, this is best for pits action, and the race lead up, start and finish. Choose another grandstand if you want to see on-track action. See our video view below.
  • Sainte Baume (turns 3-4): four Silver grandstands are located between turns 5 and 6. Sainte Baume 4 looks to be the pick of them, with good views of the cars approaching straight. Two Bronze grandstands are also positioned on the run down to turn 7.
  • Chicane (turn 6): the mighty Mistral straight will be broken up by the Chicane Nord (North Chicane). Six grandstands are clustered around this corner: two Bronze grandstands on the entrance (Chicane 1-2) and four Silver grandstands on the corner itself (Chicane 3-6). We’d choose Chicane 6 as you’ll have a view of the cars  approaching you (rather than a side or rear view). See our video view below.
  • Le Beausset (turn 8): three Bronze grandstands are located on the outside of the long, sweeping turn 8. Le Beausset 2 and 3 seem to offer better views than Le Beausset 1. A fourth Family Grandstand offering discounted children’s tickets is also on this corner.
  • Virage du Pont (turn 12): Four Gold grandstands are situated on the outside of the slow turn 12 hairpin. All grandstands here are covered. Virage du Pont 2 has views up the main straight, but we’d choose Virage du Pont 3 or 4 for better panoramic views of the final few corners.
  • General Admission: several standing areas are dotted around Paul Ricard, including at the start of the Mistral Straight and after the Chicane halfway down Mistral. The largest zones are located in the last few corners; on the approach to turn 8 and between turns 9-11.

Chicane Grandstand View

Start/Finish Grandstand View

Been to the French Grand Prix? Leave a comment below and tell us where you watched the action!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. John M Abeigon says:

    I will only be able to attend the race on Saturday, June 23rd…should I invest in Chicane 1 Grandstand or just buy a General Admission. Would appricate your advise.

    • Editor says:

      Hi John, I’d buy the grandstand ticket if you can afford it. Your day will be more comfortable with a seat, not having to battle to get a good vantage point. I’m expecting a decent crowd for the race.

  2. Graham Dunn says:

    hello there, I am planning to go to the french grand prix this year but would like general admission for the sunday only. Can I buy a ticket on the day? Your help would be much appreciated.

  3. Steve Lomax says:

    I bought a 3 day Sainte Baume Silver ticket 2018, It was my second live F1 GP. The traffic management into the track car parks is truly really awful. We were directed around the “ring road of doom” for no less than 6 hours on day 1 (after driving 5 hours to get there) and missed all the racing along with thousands of others in the oroborous traffic queue. The UK commentators noted the fact that the stands were empty because the fan were all stuck in traffic. Saturday and Sunday were slightly better but still a 2 hour queue on Saturday and 3 hours to get in on Sunday morning. Despite assurances that both lanes would be open to general traffic, they still kept one lane for VIPs only. None of the uniformed security personnel had a clue what was going on and most of them just defaulted to headless chicken mode. The systems and procedures failed and it was the fans that suffered for it. They even refused admittance to Sebastian Vettel.
    The view from the silver stand was good and better than the bronze stand, the screens were visible but too far away to read any text information or identify team mates. It seemed that we got more than our fair share of incidents, overtakes and wheel to wheel racing in front of the Sainte Buame stands. The screen closest to us was faulty all weekend, and had a section in the middle of the screen which went blank most of the time. It’s a long way from the main entrance and the F1 village. The poor path takes you into the infield across 2 bridges with very long queues to get across.
    The paths to the north side stands are baked dust when dry. When it rains they become 2 miles of sticky clay mud 6″ deep in places. There are no food kiosks near Sainte Buame, There is a drinks stand (reasonable prices) and a temporary toilet which was surprisingly clean. Stock in the souvenir shop is very limited and very expensive. They had run out of anything under 75 Euros by lunchtime Saturday. Commentary was half English, half French. There were long gaps with nothing happening between races. We got to watch a lot of the celebrity Hip-Hop DJ. The stuntman who did a lap on a jet hover-board was by far the most fascinating mid race event. The track was pretty much dead during the periods allotted to those who paid to be chauffeured around for the not very popular “Hot Lap”.
    The Grand Prix itself was thrilling. The wide run-off areas do take the action further away at first, but you quickly get used to it.

    Hopefully lessons will be learned, especially traffic management. It was however reported that the organisers were very pleased with the success of the logistics as they had proved it would work.
    I don’t think so.
    And compensation for the loss of a day’s racing? the hotel night? the wasted fuel? a voucher code for 12% off a similar 2019 ticket providing I book and pay before the end of January.

    • Editor says:

      Thanks for your input Steve. We had a Facebook group set up for fans last year going to the event, and I couldn’t believe the horror stories, especially on Friday. It was a massive disappointment for so many fans. I really hope the organizers make some big changes for 2019.

  4. Karen Anderson says:

    Hey there Andrew we are coming from Australia to a attend grandprix We don’t want to miss general admission sales can you help us out with approx date and also if we could go on an early pre sale list? We have our accommodation booked so I am a bit panicky any help would be appreciated this is our first attendance so we aren’t clued in

    • Editor says:

      Hi Karen, General Admission tickets are already on sale for the 2020 French GRand Prix. They cost 119 EUR with 20% early bird discount till the end of the year and you can buy here. Let me know if you have any more questions. I went to the race this year and it was really good!

  5. Dutchy says:

    I have planed my holiday in 2020 close to this circuit (about 1 hrs drive). If i visit the official site i only see 3 day pass ticket. Will there also be sunday tickets available ?

  6. Lisa says:

    How was the organization of 2019’s F1 GP at Paul Ricard? Was it any better than what Steve Lomax experienced in 2018 (and detailed here in January 2019)? That sounded horrible and we’re on the fence about attending in 2020 if it was the same this year. Thank you.

    • Editor says:

      Lisa, I went to the race this year and it was much better. I actually ran a bus from Marseille to the track for F1 Experiences and we hardly experienced any traffic or delays going in and out of the circuit. A bit more traffic after the race but nothing to worry about. Less fans this year helped of course as so many people were put off after year 1. Marseille was fantastic as well, I recommend this race despite the on-track action being rather dull. I wrote more and shared pictures on my new site here: https://gpdestinations.com/first-impressions-of-circuit-paul-ricard/

  7. Anna Holmes says:

    Hi Andrew,
    I know nothing about F1 but my boyfriend is obsessed and loves the French circuit so I’d love to buy him tickets for his birthday. I think general admission would be better for us as we are quite social and don’t usually sit at events, but do you get a good enough view of the race from a huge fans perspective? Are there any other tips for the day you can give I.e. are drinks expensive? Should you get there early?
    Sorry if these are silly questions! Thank you!

    • Editor says:

      Hi Anna, I really liked Paul Ricard when I went this year. Lots of good views in General Admission, but wear comfortable shoes. It’s pretty hot and dusty in GA. Drinks are pretty expensive; e.g. 7 EUR for half liter beer. As for getting there early, not so important – depends where you stay and how you get to track. But the transport plan worked much better this year than last. Feel free to ask other questions!

      • Anna Holmes says:

        Hi Andrew,
        Thanks for your response! That’s great to know :) what would you say is the next best track? I’ve also been looking at Monaco but can’t see any general admission for all 3 days.
        Thanks again!

        • Editor says:

          Monaco is a bit different. Most people buy tickets for different grandstands each day. As for other good races to attend in Europe, I love Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and Barcelona is a great city. Same for the Hungaroring and Budapest. Both are also more affordable than France or Monaco.

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