Circuit Paul Ricard RSS

Castellet, France

  • Circuit type Race
  • Circuit Length 5.800kms
  • Established 1969
Records and Statistics
Race Date Winner
First race French Grand Prix July 4, 1971 Jackie Stewart (GBR) full results
Last race French Grand Prix July 8, 1990 Alain Prost (FRA) full results
Total races 14

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The first circuit to carry the name of a sponsor, the pastis magnate who financed the construction of this circuit. Built on an arid plateau east of Marseille, it was fast and open, with its long Mistral Straight and Signes corner a test of bravery. The circuit was chopped after Elio de Angelis died testing there in 1986, with a shorter version used until it was moved, for political reasons, to Magny-Cours in 1991.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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After the Paul Ricard died in 1999, the circuit was sold to Excelis, a company owned by Bernie Ecclestone. The circuit was re-built as a test and development center and is now known as the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track (Paul Ricard HTTT).

The circuit was built in 1969 financed by Paul Ricard who created Pernod Ricard.

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