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French Grand Prix

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22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix
Circuit Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Laps 70
Circuit length km 4.41
Circuit length mi 2.74
Race length km 308.59
Race length mi 191.75
Current year 2005
Winning time 1:31'22.233 s
Winner Fernando Alonso
Winning team Renault
Pole time 1'14.412
Pole driver Fernando Alonso
Pole team Renault
Fastest lap 1'16.423
Fastest lap driver Kimi Räikkönen
Fastest lap team McLaren-Mercedes


The French Grand Prix (Grand Prix de France) was 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 June 26, 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 March 29 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. On May 31, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed (at the time) that the 2007 French Grand Prix would be the last to be held at Magny-Cours.

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". On July 24, Ecclestone and the French Prime Minister met and agreed to possibly maintain the race at Magny Cours for 2008 and 2009. The change in fortune was completed on July 27, when the FIA published the 2008 calendar with a 2008 French Grand Prix scheduled at Magny-Cours once again. The 2009 race, however, was again cancelled on October 15, 2008, with the official website citing "economic reasons".


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 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
6 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
4 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron 1931, 1934, 1937, 1947
22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio* 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
3 22px-Flag of Australia.png Jack Brabham 1960, 1966, 1967
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Stewart 1969, 1971, 1972
2 22px-Flag of Germany.png Christian Lautenschlager 1908, 1914
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Felice Nazzaro 1907, 1922
22px-Flag of France.png Georges Boillot 1912, 1913
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giuseppe Campari 1924, 1933
22px-Flag of France.png Robert Benoist 1925, 1927
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png William Grover-Williams 1928, 1929
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Wimille 1936, 1948
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dan Gurney 1962, 1964
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jim Clark 1963, 1965
22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson 1973, 1974
22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti 1977, 1978
22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda 1975, 1984
  • *Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1951 race, but shared the Alfa Romeo 159-car with Luigi Fagioli.

By year

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

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

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2008 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa Ferrari Magny Cours Report
2007 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Magny Cours Report
2006 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny Cours Report
2005 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso Renault Magny Cours Report
2004 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny Cours Report
2003 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Magny Cours Report
2002 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny Cours Report
2001 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny Cours Report
2000 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Magny Cours Report
1999 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda Magny Cours Report
1998 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny Cours Report
1997 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny Cours Report
1996 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill Williams-Renault Magny Cours Report
1995 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Magny Cours Report
1994 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Magny Cours Report
1993 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Magny Cours Report
1992 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Magny Cours Report
1991 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Magny Cours Report
1990 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Ferrari Paul Ricard Report
1989 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1988 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1987 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1986 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Paul Ricard Report
1985 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Paul Ricard Report
1984 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Dijon Report
1983 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Renault Paul Ricard Report
1982 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux Renault Paul Ricard Report
1981 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Renault Dijon Report
1980 22px-Flag of Australia.png Alan Jones Williams-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1979 22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault Dijon Report
1978 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1977 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Dijon Report
1976 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png James Hunt McLaren-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1975 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda Ferrari Paul Ricard Report
1974 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Dijon Report
1973 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1972 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Charade Report
1971 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Paul Ricard Report
1970 22px-Flag of Austria.png Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Charade Report
1969 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Charade Report
1968 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312 Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1967 22px-Flag of Australia.png Jack Brabham Brabham BT24 - Repco Le Mans-Bugatti Report
1966 22px-Flag of Australia.png Jack Brabham Brabham BT19 - Repco Reims Report
1965 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jim Clark Lotus 25 - Climax Charade Report
1964 22px-Flag of the United States.png Dan Gurney Brabham BT7 - Climax Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1963 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jim Clark Lotus 25 - Climax Reims Report
1962 22px-Flag of the United States.png Dan Gurney Porsche 804 Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1961 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Dino 156 Reims Report
1960 22px-Flag of Australia.png Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Reims Report
1959 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tony Brooks Ferrari Dino 246 Reims Report
1958 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Dino 246 Reims Report
1957 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 250F Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1956 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Peter Collins Ferrari D50A Reims Report
1955 Not held
1954 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 Reims Report
1953 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 500 Reims Report
1952 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari Ferrari 500 Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1951 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luigi Fagioli
22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo 159 Reims Report
1950 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 158 Reims Report
1949 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago T26C Reims Report
1948 22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo 158 Reims Report
1947 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Monoplace C39 Lyon-Parilly Report
1946
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1940
Not held
1939 22px-Flag of Germany.png Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union 3.0L Reims Report
1938 22px-Flag of Germany.png Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz W154 Reims Report
1937 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron Talbot T150C Montlhéry Report
1936 22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Wimille
22px-Flag of France.png Raymond Sommer
Bugatti T57G Montlhéry Report
1935 22px-Flag of Germany.png Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz W25 Montlhéry Report
1934 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Montlhéry Report
1933 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giuseppe Campari Maserati 8C-3000 Montlhéry Report
1932 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Montlhéry Report
1931 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Achille Varzi
Bugatti T51 Montlhéry Report
1930 22px-Flag of France.png Philippe Étancelin Bugatti T35C Pau Report
1929 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png William Grover-Williams Bugatti T35B Le Mans Report
1928 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png William Grover-Williams Bugatti T35C Saint-Gaudens Report
1927 22px-Flag of France.png Robert Benoist Delage 15-S8 Montlhéry Report
1926 22px-Flag of France.png Jules Goux Bugatti T39A Miramas Report
1925 22px-Flag of France.png Robert Benoist
22px-Flag of France.png Albert Divo
Delage 2LCV Montlhéry Report
1924 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo P2 Lyon Report
1923 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Henry Segrave Sunbeam Tours Report
1922 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Felice Nazzaro Fiat 804 Strasbourg Report
1921 22px-Flag of the United States.png Jimmy Murphy Duesenberg Le Mans Report
1920
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1915
Not held
1914 22px-Flag of Germany.png Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes 18/100 Lyon Report
1913 22px-Flag of France.png Georges Boillot Peugeot L5 Amiens Report
1912 22px-Flag of France.png Georges Boillot Peugeot L76 Dieppe Report
1911
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1909
Not held
1908 22px-Flag of Germany.png Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes Dieppe Report
1907 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Felice Nazzaro Fiat Dieppe Report
1906 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Ferenc Szisz Renault Le Mans Report


External links


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Past championship Grand Prix events:

Argentine | Austrian | Dutch | Indy 500 | Las Vegas | Luxembourg | Mexican | Morocco
Pacific | Pescara | Portuguese | San Marino | South African | Swedish | Swiss | USA East | USA West

Confirmed future Grand Prix events:

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