Trackside – 2018 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard

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Your trackside guide to Circuit Paul Ricard for the upcoming 2018 French Grand Prix on June 21-24.

Formula 1 returns to Circuit Paul Ricard this June for the first time since 1990! 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 pre-event information for fans has been slow to arrive and incomplete.

ACCESS & ORIENTATION

  • Six gates provide access to the circuit, see map below. If possible, enter via the gate closest to your grandstand.
  • The opening and closing times for the parking and the circuit are listed below.
  • Entry requirements: only one small bag per person allowed. Prohibited items: Weapons and sharp objects / Explosives, inflammable substances, fireworks, flares and pyrotechnics / Glassware / Fire / Animals, except guide dogs / Any alcoholic beverage / Drones / Laser pointers. (Folding chairs and umbrellas will be allowed.)
  • Trackside parking is available and costs €45 for 3 days.
  • More information about getting to the circuit can be found in Getting There & Around.

ON-TRACK ACTION AT THE 2018 FRENCH GRAND PRIX

A healthy support program has been put together for the 2018 French Grand Prix, including Formula 2, GP3 and Masters Endurance Legends. All three support categories will have practice, qualifying and two races over the course of the weekend. The Masters Endurance Legends field is comprised of cars from Le Mans and sportscar events from the period 1995-2012; a nice addition given that the Le Mans 24 hours runs on the weekend before the French Grand Prix.

2018 FRENCH GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE

Friday, June 22

  • 09:00-09:25: Masters Endurance Legends practice
  • 10:25-11:10: GP3 practice
  • 12:00-13:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 13:55-14:40: Formula 2 practice
  • 16:00-17:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 17:55-18:25: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 18:50-19:20: GP3 qualifying

Saturday, June 23

  • 09:30-09:55: Masters Endurance Legends qualifying
  • 11:30-12:15: GP3 first race (20 laps / 40 mins)
  • 13:00-14:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 16:00-17:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 17:45-18:50: Formula 2 first race (30 laps / 60 mins)
  • 19:15-19:40: Masters Endurance Legends first race (TBC laps / 20 mins)

Sunday, June 24

  • 09:25-09:50: Masters Endurance Legends second race (TBC laps / 20 mins)
  • 10:50-11:25: GP3 second race (15 laps / 30 mins)
  • 12:00-12:50: Formula 2 second race (21 laps / 45 mins)
  • 13:25-13:40: Renault Passion Parade
  • 14:30-15:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 15:00-15:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 16:10-18:10: Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2018 (53 laps / 120 mins)

 

Parking & Circuit opening times

  • Thursday, June 21
    • Parking: 14.30-20:00 / Circuit: 15:30-19:00
  • Friday, June 22
    • Parking: 07:00-20:30 / Circuit: 08:00-20:00
  • Saturday, June 23
    • Parking: 07.30-21:00 / Circuit: 08:00-20:30
  • Sunday, June 24
    • Parking: 06:30-23:00 / Circuit: 08:00-22:00

Thursday Pitlane Walk

A Pitlane Walk for 3-day ticket holders will take place from 16:00-18:00 on Thursday, June 21. An autograph session with the F1 drivers is also scheduled to take place at the same time, but is still listed as TBC.

PLEASE NOTE: France will be playing it’s second group stage match (against Peru) during the World Cup in Russia at this time. The match kicks off at 17:00.

FRENCH GRAND PRIX: GOOD TO KNOW

  • An F1 Festival will be held in nearby Marseille on the weekend of the French Grand Prix. On Friday (June 22), the free F1 Live event features F1 demonstration runs and a parade of 14 historic cars celebrating 120 years of the Renault brand. Learn more on F1.com.
  • After the race, French DJ David Guetta will be headlining a trackside concert that is due to kick off at 18:30.

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
  • Xtrem Park: gokarts, mini quds, zipline and other thrill seeking pursuits, next to Le Beausset
  • Funfair: various rides, located next to the Chicane
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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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