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Template:Country flagicon French Grand Prix
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
200px-Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.svg.png
Laps 70
Circuit length 4.411 km (2.741 miles)
Race length 308.586 km (191.755 miles)
Most wins by single driver Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher (8)
Most wins by single constructor Template:Country flagicon Ferrari (17)
Last race (2008):
Winner Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa
Winning constructor Ferrari
Winning time 1h 31m 50.245s
(201.608 km/h)
Pole time 1:16.449
Pole driver Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen
Pole constructor Ferrari
Fastest lap 1:16.630
Fastest lap driver Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen
Fastest lap constructor Ferrari

The French Grand Prix (1906-1967: Grand Prix de l'ACF, 1968-2008: 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 race, first run on 26 June 1906 under the auspices of the Automobile Club de France in Sarthe, with a starting field of 32 automobiles.

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 its permanent home was 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 complained 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 had 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 location.<ref>ITV-F1.com 2008 French Grand Prix "Pause"</ref> 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.<ref>ITV-F1.com Ecclestone Confirms Magny Cours Departure</ref>

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".<ref>ITV-F1.com Magny-Cours set for reprieve</ref> On 24 July, Ecclestone and the French Prime Minister met and agreed to possibly maintain the race at Magny Cours for 2008 and 2009.<ref>BBC Sport Formula One hope for French Grand Prix</ref> 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.<ref>{{#if: FIA reveals 18-race calendar for 2008

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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 Grand Prix

Repeat winners (drivers)

Embolded drivers are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.</br> 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.

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

  Louis Chiron won the 1931 race, but shared the win in the Bugatti with Achille Varzi.</br>   Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1951 race, but shared the win in the Alfa Romeo 159-car with Luigi Fagioli.

Repeat winners (constructors)

Embolded teams are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.</br> 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.

# of wins Constructor Years won
17 Template:Country flagicon Ferrari 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1968, 1975, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
8 Template:Country flagicon Williams 1980, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2003
7 Template:Country flagicon Lotus 1963, 1965, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978
6 Template:Country flagicon Bugatti 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936
Template:Country flagicon Alfa Romeo 1924, 1932, 1934, 1948, 1950, 1951
Template:Country flagicon Renault 1906, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2005
5 Template:Country flagicon McLaren 1976, 1984, 1988, 1989, 2000
4 Template:Country flagicon Brabham 1964, 1966, 1967, 1985
2 Template:Country flagicon Peugeot 1912, 1913
Template:Country flagicon Mercedes 1908, 1914
Template:Country flagicon Fiat 1907, 1922
Template:Country flagicon Delage 1925, 1927
Template:Country flagicon Mercedes-Benz 1935, 1938
Template:Country flagicon Talbot-Lago 1947, 1949
Template:Country flagicon Maserati 1933, 1957
Template:Country flagicon Tyrrell 1971, 1972
Template:Country flagicon Benetton 1994, 1995

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

See Also

Races in the Formula One championship:

Current

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Future
(confirmed)

New: Indian (2011)Template:· Russian (2014)
Returning: USA (2012)

Former

ArgentineTemplate:· AustrianTemplate:· Caesars PalaceTemplate:· DallasTemplate:· DetroitTemplate:· DutchTemplate:· FrenchTemplate:· Indy 500Template:· LuxembourgTemplate:· MexicanTemplate:· MoroccanTemplate:· PacificTemplate:· PescaraTemplate:· PortugueseTemplate:· San MarinoTemplate:· South AfricanTemplate:· SwedishTemplate:· SwissTemplate:· USA West

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