Tickets – 2018 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard

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The French Grand Prix is back on the Formula 1 calendar for 2018 after a ten-year hiatus. Here’s the lowdown on buying tickets for the race at Paul Ricard on June 22-24.

Sales of 3-day tickets for the 2018 French Grand Prix began on November 16 and several categories are already “temporarily sold out,” including General Admission. Single-day tickets will be available from January 15, 2018. Four ticket categories are available at the Paul Ricard circuit in 2018; General admission, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Grandstand tickets are priced from 279 to 529 for 3-days and located on five main areas of the circuit: the Start/Finish straight, Saint Baume (turns 3-4), Chicane (turn 6), Le Beausset (turn 8) and Virage du Pont (turn 12). Tickets are available from the official site, gpfrance.com.

2018 French Grand Prix tickets

All tickets for 3 days.
TSO* = Temporarily Sold Out
LocationCategoryPrice in €EUR
Start/FinishGold€529
Saint Baume (turns 3-4)Silver 1-4€379
Saint Baume (turns 3-4)Bronze 5-6€279
Chicane (turn 6)Silver 3-6€379
Chicane (turn 6)Bronze 1-2€279 (TSO*)
Le Beausset (turn 8)Bronze 1-3€279
Virage Du Pont (turn 12)Gold 1-4€529
VariousGeneral Admission€149 (TSO*)

#ExperienceF1 at the 2018 French Grand Prix on June 22-24

F1 Experiences is offering exclusive tickets packages to the 2018 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard. Prices for the whole weekend start from $699 USD for the Starter package. We recommend the Trophy package for $1369 USD, which includes a host of incredible extras including Pitlane Walk and Drive the Track Tour on Thursday and guided tour of the F1 paddock on Friday that concludes with drinks in the famed F1 Paddock Club with an F1 legend or current driver!

French Grand Prix tickets: need to know

  • It’s not possible to choose specific seats in grandstands.
  • 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.
  • Tickets from the official supplier are all electronic, and will be sent to buyers in March, 2018. Tickets are reserved for the buyer, though the name can be changed up to 15 days before the event. Three-day passes are non-transferable on different days of the race weekend.
  • Children aged under 6 are granted free entry, provided they do not occupy a seat. Tickets for children aged 6-12 are available at a 50% discount in General Admission (74.50 for 3 days, temporarily sold out) and the Family Grandstand at Le Beausset (139.50). Regular tickets without discount will need to be purchased for children aged 13 or over
  • 3-day parking passes can be purchased together with your tickets and cost 25 for motorbikes and 45 for cars (motorhomes will need to be parked in camping zones; details on camping will be released soon)
  • Gold grandstands (Start/Finish & Virage du Pont) are covered; all other grandstands are open to the elements
  • Grandstands and General Admission areas will be accessible to 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

Disclaimer: we’ve not been to Circuit Paul Ricard and limited information about the locations of grandstands for the 2018 French Grand Prix is currently available.

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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. Unfortunately, it looks like the General Admission areas are some distance from the track limits.

Buy tickets to the 2018 French Grand Prix from the official supplier, gpfrance.com.

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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.

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