History

2010
PIT BUILDING II
 

The Pit Building is being extended in order to supply new garages: the Pit Building II counts 5 additional garages which can be split up and two technical pits. This new building also offers five commentator cabins as well as the new podium on its roof. Thanks to this extension, the circuit counts 34 garages and an additional paddock area, the Paddock II, of 10,000 square meters.

The circuit celebrated its 40th birthday during a gala party organized on October 10th, with prestigious guests and famous drivers and personalities who built the 40 years of the legendary circuit.

2009
REOPENING TO THE PUBLIC
 

Ten years after the last event attended by spectators (the "Bol d'Or" in September 1999), the Paul Ricard Circuit opened again its doors to spectators for motorsport races and club meetings. Additional developments are made, such as the construction of a 4.400-seat grandstand in the start straight, completing the 600 seats in the 2004-build Grand Prix Hall, as well as a car parking behind the new grandstands.

In the summer 2009, the Circuit started the development of an additional public area: the hill over the “Double Droite du Beausset” turn. This expansion increased the spectator area and allowed to welcome over 10.000 people. Car and motorcycle parking and picnic areas are also equipped behind the hill of the Signes curve.

2007
FIRST CENTER OF EXCELLENCE 
 

The Paul Ricard HTTT receives the prize of First Center of Excellence awarded by the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety, recognizing the work done in safety research and innovation

2006
HOMOLOGATION FIA
 

The track is given the FIA Homologation (Fédération Automobile Internationale).

2005
SUZUKA V1 AND V2 TURNS
 

Construction of the Suzuka V1 and V2 turns at the Verrerie “S” turns.

2004
LE PETIT BEAUSSET
 

Construction of the “Petit Beausset” turn in the Signes curve.

2003
MONTRÉAL CHICANE
 

Construction of the Montreal Chicane in the Mistral straight.

2002
BLUE LINE
 

The Paul Ricard HTTT becomes an innovative track, ahead of its time, in particular due to its Blue Line™ concept, which combines design with safety.

2001
NEW TURNS
 

After the new Toyota Motorsport Formula 1 was launched, the renovation work began in April with the competitive bidding among companies from the Var and Bouches du Rhône regions of France. The original layout of the track is modified to optimize safety:

  • Removal of the chicane after the “Double Droite du Beausset”;
  • Transformations of the turns "Virage du Pont", "Virage de l’Hôtel", "Virage du Camp", « Virage de Bendor » and "Virage du Lac".
  • Creation of new more technical turns: the "Epingle" (Hairpin), the North and South Chicanes in the Mistral straight, the "Airport" S curve and the Signes Chicane.

The Pit Building is also completely modernized: the pit lane access tunnel is transformed into the building’s entrance hall; new garages are built on the front of the building; the paddock is closed up with a new fence.

1999
Circuit Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track
 

The race track and Le Castellet air field were bought by Excelis Company. Philippe Gurdjian, organizer of the F1 French Grand Prix from 1985 to 1997, is asked to take care of the renovation of the complete site, in order to make it the first track in the world dedicated exclusively to testing and communication. It is then renamed the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track.

1980
BOL D'OR
 

Bol d'Or races (22 events through 1999) and “Moto Journal Paul Ricard 200 Miles” races from 1974 to 1982.

1973
MOTORBIKE FRENCH GRAND PRIX
 

First French Motorcycle Grand Prix, 13 races through 1999.

1971
FORMULA 1 FRENCH GRAND PRIX
 

First Formula 1 French Grand Prix, 14 races through 1990.


1970
CREATION OF THE CIRCUIT
 

Creation of circuit by Paul Ricard, opened April 19th 1970.

 
 

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