Trackside – 2019 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard

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Your trackside guide to Circuit Paul Ricard for the 2019 French Grand Prix on June 20-23.

Formula 1 returned to Circuit Paul Ricard for the first time since 1990 last year. 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. Things should be much better this year, though the horror stories of 2018 will have put many fans off attending and spectator numbers are expected to be lower this year.


  • 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


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)


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


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)


  • 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
  • Children’s Village by Xtrem Park: located in the Virage du Pont area (open Friday to Sunday, 09:00-18:30)
  • “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.


There was a decided lack of food and drink outlets at the circuit last year (and big queues as a result), but the organizers are planning to improve the offer for 2019, according to Ludovic Arnault from the circuit: “You will be able to find local food, wine and stands from local sellers. Compared to last year there will also be a much wider range of food and beverage options, with food trucks, restaurants and general snacking areas available.” Despite the organizational issues, spectators reported that the toilets were clean and queues were short.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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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