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Flag of France.svg French Grand Prix
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.svg
Race information
Laps 70
Circuit length 4.411 km (2.741 mi)
Race length 308.586 km (191.755 mi)
Number of times held 86
First held 1906
Last held 2008
Most wins (drivers) Germany Michael Schumacher (8)
Most wins (constructors) Italy Ferrari (17)
Last race (2008):
Pole position Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari
1:16.449
Podium 1. Brazil Felipe Massa
Ferrari
1h 31m 50.245s
(201.608 km/h)
2. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari
+17.984s
3. Italy Jarno Trulli
Toyota
+28.250s
Fastest lap Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari
1:16.630

The French Grand Prix (1906-1967: Grand Prix de l'ACF, 1968-2008: Grand Prix de France) is a race held as part of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's annual Formula One automobile racing championships.

Grand Prix motor racing originated in France and the French Grand Prix, open to international competition, is the oldest Grand Prix races, first run on 26 June 1906 under the auspices of the Automobile Club de France in Sarthe, with a starting field of 32 automobiles.

Georges Boillot winning the 1912 French Grand Prix in Dieppe, France

The first World Championships were organized in 1925 with the French Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. The French Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One championships since their inception in 1950. The race has been held at various racetracks throughout France, such as the Autodrome de Montlhéry. Since 1991 it has had its permanent home at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. The move to Magny-Cours was an attempt to stimulate the economy of the area, but many within Formula One complain about the remote nature of the circuit.

The 2004 and 2005 races were in doubt because of financial problems and the addition of new circuits to the Formula One calendar. These races went ahead as planned, but it still has an uncertain future.

On 29 March 2007 it was announced by the FFSA, the race promoter, that the 2008 French Grand Prix was put on an indefinite "pause". This suspension was due to the financial situation of the circuit, known to be disliked by many in F1 due to the circuit's remote location.[1] On 31 May, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed (at the time) that the 2007 French Grand Prix would be the last to be held at Magny-Cours.[2]

However, after various negotiations, the future of the race at Magny-Cours took another turn, with increased speculation that the 2008 French Grand Prix would return, with Ecclestone himself stating "We're going to maybe resurrect it for a year, or something like that".[3] On 24 July, Ecclestone and the French Prime Minister met and agreed to possibly maintain the race at Magny Cours for 2008 and 2009.[4] The change in fortune was completed on 27 July, when the FIA published the 2008 calendar with a 2008 French Grand Prix scheduled at Magny-Cours once again.[5] The 2009 race, however, was again cancelled on 15 October 2008, with the official website citing "economic reasons".[6]

Contents

Sponsors

  • Rhône-Poulenc Grand Prix de France 1988-1993
  • Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France 1998-2004
  • Allianz Grand Prix de France 2005-2007
  • RBS Grand Prix de France 2008

Winners of the French Grands Prix

Repeat winners

Number of wins Driver Years
8 Germany Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
6 France Alain Prost 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
4 Monaco Louis Chiron 1931, 1934, 1937, 1947
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio[1] 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
3 Australia Jack Brabham 1960, 1966, 1967
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1969, 1971, 1972
2 Germany Christian Lautenschlager 1908, 1914
Italy Felice Nazzaro 1907, 1922
France Georges Boillot 1912, 1913
Italy Giuseppe Campari 1924, 1933
France Robert Benoist 1925, 1927
United Kingdom William Grover-Williams 1928, 1929
France Jean-Pierre Wimille 1936, 1948
United States Dan Gurney 1962, 1964
United Kingdom Jim Clark 1963, 1965
Sweden Ronnie Peterson 1973, 1974
United States Mario Andretti 1977, 1978
Austria Niki Lauda 1975, 1984

^  Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1951 race, but shared the Alfa Romeo 159-car with Luigi Fagioli.

By year

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

A cream background indicates an event which was part of the pre-war European Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2008 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2007 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2006 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Magny-Cours Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2003 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Magny-Cours Report
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2001 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2000 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Magny-Cours Report
1999 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda Magny-Cours Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
1997 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Magny-Cours Report
1995 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Magny-Cours Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Magny-Cours Report
1993 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault Magny-Cours Report
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Magny-Cours Report
1991 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Magny-Cours Report
1990 France Alain Prost Ferrari Paul Ricard Report
1989 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1988 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1987 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1986 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1985 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Paul Ricard Report
1984 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Dijon Report
1983 France Alain Prost Renault Paul Ricard Report
1982 France René Arnoux Renault Paul Ricard Report
1981 France Alain Prost Renault Dijon Report
1980 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1979 France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault Dijon Report
1978 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1977 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Dijon Report
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1975 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari Paul Ricard Report
1974 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Dijon Report
1973 Sweden Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1972 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Charade Report
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1970 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Charade Report
1969 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Charade Report
1968 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312 Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1967 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham BT24 - Repco Le Mans-Bugatti Report
1966 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham BT19 - Repco Reims Report
1965 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 25 - Climax Charade Report
1964 United States Dan Gurney Brabham BT7 - Climax Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1963 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus 25 - Climax Reims Report
1962 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 804 Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1961 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Dino 156 Reims Report
1960 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Reims Report
1959 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Ferrari Dino 246 Reims Report
1958 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Dino 246 Reims Report
1957 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 250F Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1956 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari D50A Reims Report
1955 Not held
1954 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 Reims Report
1953 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 500 Reims Report
1952 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 500 Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1951 Italy Luigi Fagioli
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo 159 Reims Report
1950 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 158 Reims Report
1949 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago T26C Reims Report
1948 France Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo 158 Reims Report
1947 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Monoplace C39 Lyon-Parilly Report
1946
-
1940
Not held
1939 Germany Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union 3.0L Reims Report
1938 Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz W154 Reims Report
1937 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot T150C Montlhéry Report
1936 France Jean-Pierre Wimille
France Raymond Sommer
Bugatti T57G Montlhéry Report
1935 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz W25 Montlhéry Report
1934 Monaco Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Montlhéry Report
1933 Italy Giuseppe Campari Maserati 8C-3000 Montlhéry Report
1932 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Montlhéry Report
1931 Monaco Louis Chiron
Italy Achille Varzi
Bugatti T51 Montlhéry Report
1930 France Philippe Étancelin Bugatti T35C Pau Report
1929 United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Bugatti T35B Le Mans Report
1928 United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Bugatti T35C Saint-Gaudens Report
1927 France Robert Benoist Delage 15-S8 Montlhéry Report
1926 France Jules Goux Bugatti T39A Miramas Report
1925 France Robert Benoist
France Albert Divo
Delage 2LCV Montlhéry Report
1924 Italy Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo P2 Lyon Report
1923 United Kingdom Henry Segrave Sunbeam Tours Report
1922 Italy Felice Nazzaro Fiat 804 Strasbourg Report
1921 United States Jimmy Murphy Duesenberg Le Mans Report
1920
-
1915
Not held
1914 Germany Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes 18/100 Lyon Report
1913 France Georges Boillot Peugeot L5 Amiens Report
1912 France Georges Boillot Peugeot L76 Dieppe Report
1911
-
1909
Not held
1908 Germany Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes Dieppe Report
1907 Italy Felice Nazzaro Fiat Dieppe Report
1906 Hungary Ferenc Szisz Renault Le Mans Report

References

  1. ^ ITV-F1.com 2008 French Grand Prix "Pause"
  2. ^ ITV-F1.com Ecclestone Confirms Magny Cours Departure
  3. ^ ITV-F1.com Magny-Cours set for reprieve
  4. ^ BBC SportFormula One hope for French Grand Prix
  5. ^ "FIA reveals 18-race calendar for 2008". formula1.com. 27 July 2007. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6548.html. Retrieved 27 July 2007.  
  6. ^ http://www.gpfrancef1.com/

External links

Coordinates: 46°51′47″N 3°09′58″E / 46.863°N 3.166°E / 46.863; 3.166


Simple English

The French Grand Prix is a car race normally held in Magny Cours in France. It started in 1906.








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