There are many opinions about which circuit is the best on the Formula 1 calendar. However, many people agree on which is the worst; we are talking about Paul Ricard. This circuit will host the tenth round of the 2020 F1 season, that is, the French Grand Prix. This place is located in Le Castellet, which is in the southeast of the Francophone country. The circuit consists of 15 turns and several straights in which they are good overtaking areas, however, not many of us like the layout. The main problems are their multiple exits and possible layouts that make many people and even some drivers get confused to know what layout they are following. In total, the circuit of Paul Ricard has 167 possible configurations of its layout, so it is usually used for multiple categories of motor racing. The circuit lengths 5,842 km and normally there are 73 laps that Formula 1 cars have to make in order to complete the Grand Prix. Another slight problem are the colours and the design of the escape zones or runoffs, these are blue and red in the form of lines, so they don’t help the vision of the route.
This world-class event has just had a change of director. Éric Boullier was appointed new director of the French Grand Prix. The former boss of McLaren has commented that some changes are expected in the third edition of the Grand Prix, which will be held on June 26, 27 and 28 this year. The first one would be a new design of the layout, to which he commented: “We have sent our proposal to the FIA to obtain its approval. The idea is to deprive the “Esses” of the “Verrerie” to make a second straight (similar to the one of the Mistral) and with this, encourage overtaking.”
Another change that is planned will be a celebration of the 70 years of Formula 1 and 50 years of the circuit itself. Some teams support this change, such as McLaren and Renault, which have already confirmed that they can lend some of the old models, while around 100 old car owners have already said they will lend their cars.
If you plan to attend this event, you will most likely like this new initiative. Boullier said that, after seeing the traffic jams and traffic generated near the site in the last two editions, many bus bases are planned to be installed at the racetrack, some of the cities that will have these luxuries will be Le Castellet, Marseille, Toulon, Aix, among others.