2018 French Grand Prix Weekend Information

2018 French Grand Prix Weekend Information

🇫🇷 THE 2018 GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

Round 8. 22nd-24th June.

984th F1 Grand Prix | 95th French Grand Prix | 15th Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard


  WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 22nd June
Free Practice 1 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (4pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time)

Saturday 23rd June
Free Practice 3 (1pm Local Time/ 12pm UK Time)
Qualifying (4pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time)

Sunday 24th June
The 2018 French Grand Prix (4:10pm Local Time/ 3:10pm UK Time)


Stats and Facts

  • This will be the first French Grand Prix to be held since 2008, and the first at the Paul Ricard track since 1990.
  • The last time F1 visited this track, half of the drivers on the 2018 grid had not yet been born.
  • McLaren and Williams have the most Grand Prix victories at the Paul Ricard Circuit with three each. While Ferrari and Renault have taken victory twice here.

Find more track facts in the Ultimate Guide to the Paul Ricard Circuit!


🇫🇷 Local Heroes

Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly will all start their first home Grand Prix. Grosjean missed out on racing at Magny Cours in F1, as it was taken off the calendar in 2009. In his only French GP2 weekend in 2008, Grosjean retired from both the Feature Race and the Sprint Race. He’ll be hoping for better luck this weekend.

French drivers have done well here in the past – Alain Prost has three poles and four wins, the most of any driver. 


  Press Conference Schedules

The Drivers’ Press Conference will take place on Thursday 21st June. The press conference will be split into two parts, with three drivers appearing in the first part, and a further three in the second part. The drivers appearing in front of the media will be:

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
Romain Grosjean (Haas)
Esteban Ocon (Force India)
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

The Team Principals’ Press Conference will take place before Free Practice 2. Appearing in front of the media will be:

Cyril Abiteboul (Renault)
Eric Boullier (McLaren)
Christian Horner (Red Bull)
Frederic Vasseur (Sauber)

  Driver Steward

Each weekend a former Formula One driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward for the 2018 French Grand Prix is Yannick Dalmas.


  Weather Forecast

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the Circuit Paul Ricard currently looks like this:


  Fastest Ever Lap

1:04.402

The fastest ever lap of the circuit was set by Nigel Mansell in 1990. Will it be beaten over the 2018 French Grand Prix weekend?


  Tyre Choices

Pirelli will supply the teams with Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft tyres for the French Grand Prix.

Here’s each driver’s choice of tyres for the event: