The French Grand Prix is a part of the annual Formula One World Championship and the race is held at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The race has been a regular on the calendar since the first Formula One season in 1950. It is also one of the oldest races in the history of the sport, 86 Grand Prix have been held until the year 2008. The Grand Prix has been a racing event since 1906 and has been interchanged between 16 different locations.
The French GP returns after a decade in the 2018 Formula One Calendar.
The Circuit Paul Ricard was bulit in less than a year with famous drivers such as Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo consulted on its layout, the venue opened in April 1970, before staging its maiden F1 race, won by the British F1 World Champion Sir.Jackie Stewart.
The begining of the 21st century saw a rebirth of the circuit, with the transformation of the track into the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track. The track was used exclusively for testing, its multi-configuration layout was popular with F1 teams and set new standards in safety, pioneering the use of painted blue and black run-off areas instead of traditional gravel traps.
Scuderia Ferrari is the most successful team when it comes to the French Grand Prix with a total of 17 wins and Williams F1 team comes second with a total of 8 wins.
The most successful driver in the French GP is Michael Schumacher with a total of 8 win and the french-man Alian Prost has won it 6 times.
The 2008 F1 French Grand Prix, was held at the Circuit Magny-Cours.
Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen who were driving for Ferrari back then won the race for the Italian team with a 1-2 finish and Lewis Hamilton finished third for Mclaren.
In the current drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have won the French Grand Prix one time each when it was held in Magny-Cours.
The 2018 French GP is going to be new challenge for almost every driver and team on the grid as Circuit Paul Ricard is hosting an F1 race after 1990. Alain Prost won the 1990 French GP for Ferrari.