Trackside at Paul Ricard – 2021 French Grand Prix

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Your trackside guide to Circuit Paul Ricard for the 2021 French Grand Prix, including information about the on-track schedule and trackside events.

Please Note: The 2020 French Grand Prix (originally scheduled for June 25-28 at Circuit Paul Ricard) was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dates for the 2021 French Grand Prix have not yet been announced. This post will be updated with current information when the schedule for the 2021 French Grand Prix is available.

Formula 1 returned to Circuit Paul Ricard in 2018 after an absence of almost 30 years. The circuit itself may be state of the art, featuring distinctive blue and red run off areas and multiple configurations, though it has been some time since an event of this size was held at the circuit and the organization was lacking in many areas last year, especially in regards to traffic management and parking. Luckily, things were much improved in 2019 thanks to a proper mobility plan being put in place and lower spectator levels.

Circuit Paul Ricard: Access & Orientation

  • Six gates provide access to the circuit, see map below.
  • Entry requirements: only one small bag per person allowed (handbag or backpack). Prohibited items: Large bags, coolers and suitcases, Weapons and sharp objects, Explosives, inflammable substances, fireworks, flares and pyrotechnics, Glassware, Fire, Animals (except guide dogs), Alcohol, Drones, Laser pointers, Any medium with commercial, political, ideological, philosophical or religious purpose or character (Folding chairs and umbrellas are allowed.)
  • Free internal shuttles operate within the circuit from 07:00-22:00. The route links the following areas: Village Sud, Virage du Pont area, Le Beausset area, Porte de Signes and Chicane area. All entertainment areas, general admission areas,  grandstands, “La Pinède” and others hospitality areas are on the route.
  • More information about getting to the circuit, including details of the new ‘mobility plan’ for 2019, can be found in Getting There & Around

2019 FRENCH GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 20

  • 07:30-13:00: Kids’ Pit Lane Walk & Bus Tours
  • 16:00-18:00: Pit Lane Walk (3-Day Ticket Holders Only)
  • 18:00-19:30: F1 Experiences: Guided Track Tour & Pit Lane Walk

Friday, June 21

  • 09:25-10:10: Formula 3 practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 12:55-13:40: Formula 2 practice
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:50-18:20: Formula 3 qualifying
  • 18:45-19:15: Renault Clio Cup practice

Saturday, June 22

  • 09:20-09:50: Renault Clio Cup qualifying
  • 10:30-11:15: Formula 3 first race (20 laps / 40 mins)
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 13:25-13:55: Renault Clio Cup first race (25 mins + 1 lap)
  • 14:00-14:30: Formula 2 drivers’ parade
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:45-17:50: Formula 2 first race (30 laps / 60 mins)
  • 19:10-19:20: Sisley Parade Lap
  • 19:30-19:45: Renault Parade Lap

Sunday, June 23

  • 08:40-09:10: Renault Clio Cup second race (25 mins + 1 lap)
  • 09:55-10:40: Formula 3 second race (15 laps / 30 mins)
  • 11:25-12:15: Formula 2 second race (21 laps / 45 mins)
  • 13:00-13:10: Renault Parade Lap
  • 13:30-14:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:00-14:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 15:10-17:10: 2019 French Grand Prix (53 laps / 120 mins)

ON-TRACK ACTION

A healthy support program has been put together for the 2019 French Grand Prix, including Formula 2, Formula 3 and the Renault Clio Cup. All three support categories will have practice, qualifying and two races over the course of the weekend.

2019 Circuit Paul Ricard Opening Times

  • Thursday, June 20: 15:00-19:00
  • Friday, June 21: 07:00-21:30
  • Saturday, June 22: 07:00-21:00
  • Sunday, June 23: 07:00-21:00

FRENCH GRAND PRIX CONCERTS

The organizers have lined up several big-name French DJs to play at this year’s French GP. The concert area and stage is located in the northern part of the circuit, near the Chicane. Here are the performers and times:

  • Friday, June 21: DJs du Mistral (19:00-21:00)
  • Saturday, June 22: Bob Sinclair (19:00-20:30)
  • Sunday, June 23: Martin Solveig (17:30-19:00)

Paul Ricard: Trackside Attractions

  • F1 Fanzone: head behind the Main Grandstand for the best merchandise, simulators and interactive displays.
  • Village Sud: replica of a southern French village, next to the F1 Fanzone (open Friday to Sunday, 07:00-21:00)
  • Xtrem Park: gokarts, mini quds, zipline and other thrill seeking pursuits, next to Le Beausset
  • “Back to the Future” Village: new zone at the north of the circuit, between the Chicane and Sainte-Baume areas  (open Friday to Sunday, 07:00-21:00). Displays of historic F1 cars and history of the French GP, 4DX cinemas, simulators and mobility displays.

Food, Drink & Amenities at Paul Ricard

There was a decided lack of food and drink outlets at the circuit in 2018, but the situation was improved for 2019. The  fanzone behind the main grandstand showcased the food and wine from local producers, as well as different regions of France. Here’s some sample trackside prices from 2019: 0.5 litre beer = €7, 0.25 litre beer = €4, 0.5 litre soft drinks = €4, coffee = €2, water = €2, sandwiches = €8, pasta box with veal = €15. Spectators have reported that the toilets were clean and queues were short.

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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. Heidi says:

    Hi. Where would you recommend the best area is be based for general admission. My sister and I would like to be near large screens if possible? Thanks

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