Paul Ricard Circuit - France Grand Prix

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Paul Ricard Circuit

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Paul Ricard Circuit
Laps 1
Circuit length 5.861 km
Distance race 5.861 km
The Circuit Paul Ricard is a motorsport race track built in 1969 at Le Castellet, near Marseille, in France, with finance from the eccentric pastis magnate Paul Ricard. Ricard wanted to experience the challenge of building a racetrack. The track is characterised by its long Mistral straight (1.8ákm) and elongated track design. The track is also unusual in that it is built on a plateau, and is very flat. The length of the full track is around 5.861ákm (3.642ámi). In 1986 the track was modified to shorten the circuit, by adding a chicane in the middle of the Mistral Straight. This shorter circuit is also known as the GP short circuit and is 2.369ámiles (3.8ákm) long. The track offers 167 possible configurations from 826 to 5,861 metres. The track's elevation ranges from 408 to 441 metres above sea level. Its flexibility and mild winter weather mean that it is used for testing by several motorsport teams, including Formula One teams. The track is known for its distinctive black and blue runoff areas known as the Blue Zone. The runoff surface consists of a mixture of asphalt and tungsten, used instead of gravel traps, as common at other circuits. A second, deeper run-off area is the Red Zone, with a more abrasive surface designed to maximize tyre grip and hence minimize braking distance, although at the cost of extreme tyre wear. The final safeguard consists of Tecpro barriers, a modern improvement on tyre barriers.
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