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The French Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de France), formerly known as the Grand Prix de l'ACF, is a race held as part of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's annual Formula One automobile racing championships. It is one of the oldest motor races in the world. It ceased shortly after its centenary in 2008 with 86 races having been held, a victim of finances and unfavourable venues. The race is scheduled to return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 at the established Circuit Paul Ricard.

French Grand Prix
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
(2003–2008)
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.svg
Race information
Number of times held 86
First held 1906
Last held 2008
Most wins (drivers) Germany Michael Schumacher (8)
Most wins (constructors) Italy Ferrari (17)
Circuit length 5.842 km (3.630 mi)
Last race (2008)
Pole position
Podium
Fastest lap

Unusually even for a race of such longevity, the location of the Grand Prix has moved frequently with 16 different venues having been used over its life, a number only eclipsed by the Australian Grand Prix of the older races. It is also one of four races (along with the Belgian, Italian and Spanish Grands Prix) to have been held as part of the three distinct Grand Prix championships (World Manufacturers' Championship (late 1920s), European Championship (1930s), Formula One World Championship (since 1950)).

The Grand Prix de l'ACF was tremendously influential in the early years of Grand Prix racing, leading the establishment of the rules and regulations of racing as well as setting trends in the evolution of racing. The power of original organiser, the Automobile Club de France, established France as the home of motor racing organisation.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The world's oldest Grand PrixEdit

Public road coursesEdit

 
Georges Boillot winning the 1912 French Grand Prix in Dieppe, France

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 Grand Prix name ("Great Prize") referred to the prize of 45,000 French francs to the race winner.[1] The franc was pegged to the gold at 0.290 grams per franc, which meant that the prize was worth 13 kg of gold. The earliest French Grands Prix were held on circuits consisting of public roads near towns through France, and they usually were held at different towns each year, such as Le Mans, Dieppe, Amiens, Lyon, Strasbourg, and Tours. Dieppe in particular was an extremely dangerous circuit- 8 people (4 drivers, 2 riding mechanics, and 2 spectators) in total were killed at the 3 French Grands Prix held at the 79 km (49-mile) circuit.

The 1906 race was the first ever Grand Prix, which was an event that originated from the Gordon Bennett races that had started in 1899. This race was run on a 66-mile (106 km) closed public road circuit starting at the western French town of Le Mans, through a series of villages and back again to Le Mans. Hungarian Ferenc Szisz won this very long 12-hour race on a Renault from Italian Felice Nazzaro in a Fiat, where laps on this circuit took around an hour and the road surface was made of dirt. The 1913 race was won by Georges Boillot on a one-off 19-mile (31 km) circuit near Amiens in northern France. Amiens was another extremely deadly circuit- it had a 7.1 mile straight and 5 people were killed during its use during pre-race testing and the race weekend itself. The 1914 race, run on a 24-mile circuit near Lyon is perhaps the most legendary Grand Prix of the pre-WWI racing era. This was a hard-fought battle between the French Peugeots and the German Mercedes's. Although the Peugeots were fast and Boillot ended up leading for 12 of the 20 laps the Dunlop tires they used wore out badly compared to the Continentials that the Mercedes cars were using. Boillot's four-minute lead was wiped out by Christian Lautenschlager in a Mercedes while he stopped an incredible eight times for tires. Although Boillot drove very hard to try to catch Christian Lautenschlager, he had to retire due to tire failure, and Mercedes finished 1-2-3; a humiliating result for the organizers and Peugeot.

Thanks to World War I and the amount of damage it did to France, the Grand Prix was not brought back until 1921, and that race was won by American Jimmy Murphy with a Dusenberg at the Sarthe circuit on Le Mans, which was the now legendary circuit's first year of operation. Bugatti made its debut at the 1922 race at a 8.3-mile (13 km) one-off public road circuit near Strasbourg near the French-German border- which was very close to Bugatti's headquarters in Molsheim. It rained, and the muddy circuit was in a dreadful condition. This race became a duel between Bugatti and Fiat- and Felice Nazzaro won in a Fiat. The 1923 race at another one-off circuit near Tours featured another new Bugatti- the Type 32. This car was unkindly dubbed the "Tank", owing to its streamlined shape and very short wheelbase. This car was fast on the straights of this high-speed public road circuit- but it handled badly and was outpaced by Briton Henry Seagrave in a Sunbeam. Seagrave won the race, and the Sunbeam would be the last British car to win an official Grand Prix until Stirling Moss's victory with a Vanwall at the 1957 British Grand Prix. The 1924 race was held again at Lyon, but this time on a shortened 14-mile variant of the circuit used in 1914. Two of the most successful Grand Prix cars of all time, the Bugatti Type 35 and the Alfa Romeo P2 both made their debuts at this race. The Bugattis, with their advanced alloy wheels suffered tire failure, and Italian Giuseppe Campari won his Alfa P2.

France's first permanent circuit and other public road circuitsEdit

In 1925, the first permanent autodrome in France was built, it was called Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, located 20 miles south of the centre of the French capital of Paris. The 7.7-mile (12.3 km) circuit included a 51-degree concrete banking, an asphalt road course and then-modern facilities, including pit garages and grandstands. The French were prompted to build a racing circuit after the construction of Brooklands in England in 1907 and Indianapolis in the United States in 1908 prompted other nations to build purpose-built racing circuits, and after World War I, Monza in Italy was opened in 1922, and Stiges-Terramar in Spain was also opened in 1923, followed by Montlhéry, then Miramas in the south, and then the Nürburgring in Germany was built in 1927. It first held the Grand Prix de l'ACF in 1925 as part of the inaugural World Manufacturers' Championship, the first time Grands Prix were grouped together to form a championship. The circuit drew huge crowds and they were witnesses to the spectacular sight of fast cars racing on Montlhery's steep banking and asphalt road course, which had many fast corners and was located in a forest. The first race at Montlhery was marred by the fatal accident of Antonio Ascari in an Alfa P2. Miramas, another permanent autodrome completed in 1926, played host to the race that year. This race saw only 3 Bugattis turn up to the race, and it was won by Frenchman Jules Goux, who had won the Indianapolis 500 in 1913.

The 1927 race at Montlhéry was won by Frenchman Robert Benoist in a Delage. 1929 saw a brief return to Le Mans, which was won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti; this was the man who had won the first ever Monaco Grand Prix earlier in the year. The 1930 French Grand Prix at Pau was one of the more memorable French Grand Prixs of the pre-World War II period. This race, held in September on a one-off triangular 9.8-mile (15.8 km) public road circuit just a few kilometres away from the current Pau Grand Prix track saw a famous Blower Bentley compete in the race with Briton Tim Birkin driving. The Bentleys had been dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but this blower Bentley had its headlights and mudguards removed, as these were not needed for this race; giving it the appearance of an open-wheel car. The Bentley performed well- at this very fast circuit which actually suited the powerful Bentley, Birkin would pass the pits at 130 mph (very fast for that time), and overtook car after car- to the amazement of the crowd. But unfortunately he finished 2nd to Frenchman Phillippe Etancelin in a Bugatti.

Montlhéry would also be part of the second Grand Prix championship era, the European Championship when it began in 1931. Other public road circuits near towns such as Le Mans, Saint-Gaudens also played host to French Grand Prix, such as the fast, straight-dominated 4.8-mile Reims-Gueux circuit in Northern France for 1932, where Italian legend Tazio Nuvolari won in an Alfa Romeo. But from 1933-1937 Montlhery would become the sole host of the event. The 1934 French Grand Prix marked the return of Mercedes-Benz to Grand Prix racing after 20 years, with an all-new car, team, management, and drivers, headed by Alfred Neubauer. 1934 was the year where the German Silver Arrows debuted (an effort heavily funded by Hitler's Third Reich), with Auto Union having already debuted its powerful mid-engined Type-A car for a race at AVUS in Germany. Although the Monganesque driver Louis Chiron won in an Alfa, the Silver Arrows dominated the race. The high-tech German cars seemed to float over the rough concrete banking at Montlhery where all the other cars seemed to be visibly affected by the concrete surface. Chicanes were placed at certain points on the very high-speed circuit in an effort by the French to slow the very fast German cars down for the 1935 race, but this effort came to nothing as Mercedes superstar Rudolf Caracciola won that year's race.

Reims, Rouen and CharadeEdit

The French Grand Prix moved to the Reims-Gueux circuit in 1938, where the Silver Arrows continued their domination of Grand Prix racing. But when World War II began, the French Grand Prix did not come back until 1947, where it was held at the one-time Parilly circuit near Lyon. After that, Grand Prix racing returned to Reims-Gueux, where another manufacturer- Alfa Romeo- would dominate the event for 4 years. 1950 was the first year of the Formula One World Championship, but all the Formula One-regulated races were held in Europe. The race was won by Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, who also won the next year's race- the longest Formula One race ever held in terms of distance covered, totalling 373 miles.

The prestigious French event was held for the first time at the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit in 1952, where it would be held four more times over the next 16 years. Rouen was a very high speed circuit located in the northern part of the country that was made up mostly of high speed bends. But the race returned to Reims in 1953, where the circuit, which was originally made up of 3 straights (with a few slight kinks) and 3 slow corners had been modified to bypass the town of Gueux, making it even faster. Reims now had 2 straights (including the even longer back straight), 2 very fast bends and 2 slow corners. This race was a classic, with Fangio in a Maserati and Briton Mike Hawthorn in a Ferrari having a race-long battle for the lead, with Hawthorn taking the checkered flag. 1954 was another special event, and this marked Mercedes's return to top-flight road racing led by Alfred Neubauer, 20 years after their first return to Grand Prix racing- in France. After 2 wins for the works Maserati team that year at Buenos Aires and Spa, Fangio was now driving for the 3-pointed star of Stuttgart and he and teammate Karl Kling effectively dominated the race from start to finish with their advanced W196's. It was not a popular win- Mercedes, a German car manufacturer, had won on French soil- only 9 years after the German occupation of France had ended. The French Grand Prix was cancelled in 1955 because of the Le Mans disaster, and Mercedes withdrew from all racing at the end of that year. The race continued to be held at Reims in 1956, another spell at a lengthened Rouen-Les-Essarts in 1957 and back to Reims again from 1958-1961, 1963 and one last event in 1966. The 1958 race was marred by the fatal accident of Italian Luigi Musso, driving a works Ferrari, and it was also Fangio's last Formula One race. Hawthorn, who like many other F1 drivers at the time, held Fangio in very high regard; and was about to lap Fangio (driving in an outdated Maserati) on the last lap on the pit straight when, he slowed down and let Fangio cross the line before him so the respected Argentine driver could complete the whole race distance. Hawthorn won, and Fangio finished 4th.

Rouen-Les-Essarts hosted the event in 1962 and 1964, and American Dan Gurney won both these events, one in a Porsche and another in a Brabham. In 1965 the race was held at the 5.1 mile Charade Circuit in the hills surrounding Michelin's hometown of Clermont-Ferrand in central France, about 2 hours west of Lyon. Unlike the long straights that made up Reims and the fast curves that made up Rouen, Charade was known as a mini-Nürburgring and was twisty, undulating and very demanding. The short Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans held the race in 1967, but the circuit was not liked by the Formula One circus, and it never returned. Rouen-Les-Essarts hosted the event in 1968, and it was a disastrous event; Frenchman Jo Schlesser crashed and was killed at the very fast Six Frere's corner in his burning Honda, and Formula One did not return to the public-road circuit. Charade hosted two more events, and then Formula One moved to the newly built, modern Circuit Paul Ricard on the French rivera for 1971. Paul Ricard, located just outside Marseille and not far from Monaco, was a new type of modern facility, much like Montlhery had been in the 1920s. It had run-off areas, a wide track and ample viewing areas for spectators. Charade hosted the event one last time in 1972; Formula One cars had become too fast for public road circuits; the circuit was littered with rocks and Austrian Helmut Marko was hit in the eye by a rock thrown up from Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus; it ended his racing career.

Paul Ricard and Dijon-PrenoisEdit

Formula One returned to Paul Ricard in 1973; the French Grand Prix was never run on public road circuits like Reims, Rouen and Charade ever again. Paul Ricard also had a driving school, the École de Pilotage Winfield, run by the Knight brothers and Simon Delatour, that honed the talents of people such as France's first (and so far only) Formula One World Champion Alain Prost, and Grand Prix winners Didier Pironi and Jacques Laffite. The event was run at the new fast, up-and-down Prenois circuit near Dijon in 1974, before returning to Ricard in 1975 and 1976. The race was originally scheduled to be run at Clermont-Ferrand for 1974 and 1975, but the circuit was deemed too dangerous for Formula One. The two venues alternated the venue until 1984, with Ricard getting the race in even-numbered years and Dijon in odd-numbered years (except 1983). 1977 saw a new part of the Dijon circuit built called the "Parabolique". This was done to increase lap times which had been very nearly below a minute in 1974, and the race featured a battle between American Mario Andretti and Briton John Watson; Andretti came out on top to win. Lotus teammates Andretti and Swede Ronnie Peterson dominated the race in 1978 with their dominant 79's, a car that dominated the field in a way not seen since the dominating Alfa Romeo and domineering Ferrari in the early 1950s. The 1979 race was another classic, with the famous end-of-race duel for 2nd place between Frenchman Rene Arnoux in a 1.5-liter turbocharged V6 Renault and Canadian Gilles Villeneuve in a 3-liter Flat-12 Ferrari. It is considered to be one of the all-time great duels in motorsports, with Arnoux and Villeneuve banged wheels and cars around the fast Dijon circuit and Villeneuve came out on top. The race was won by Arnoux's French teammate Jean-Pierre Jabouille, which was the first race ever won by a Formula One car with a turbo-charged engine. 1980 saw rookie Prost qualify his slower McLaren 7th and Australian Alan Jones beat French Ligier drivers Laffite and Pironi on their home soil, and the 1981 race was the first of 51 victories by future 4-time world champion Prost; driving a Renault, the famed French marque won the next 3 French Grands Prix. The 1982 event at Ricard was a memorable one for France - it was a turbo-charged engine/French walkover and 4 French drivers finished in the top 4 positions - each of them driving a car with a turbo-charged engine. Renault driver Rene Arnoux won from his teammate Prost and Ferrari drivers Pironi and Patrick Tambay finished 3rd and 4th. But this French triumph was internally sour - Arnoux violated an agreement that if he was in front of Prost, he would let him by because Prost was better placed in the championship; but he didn't, this was much to the chagrin of Prost and the French Renault team's management who had held out pit boards ordering him to let Prost past. Prost won the next year at the same place, beating out Nelson Piquet in a Brabham with a turbocharged BMW engine; Piquet had led the previous year's race but retired with engine failure.

Dijon was last used in 1984, and by then turbo-charged engines were almost ubiquitous, save the Tyrrell team who were still using the Cosworth V8 engine. The international motorsports governing body at the time, FISA, had instituted a policy of long-term contracts with only one circuit per Grand Prix. The choice was between Dijon and Ricard- the small Prenois circuit had cars lapping in the 1 minute 1 second range, and Ricard was the main testing facility for Formula One at the time. So it was Ricard that was chosen, and it hosted the race from 1985-1990. From 1986 onwards Formula One used a shortened version of the circuit, after Elio de Angelis's fatal crash at the fast Verriere bends. De Angelis was not injured by the crash, however his car caught fire and there were no marshals to help him as it was a test session, and he died of smoke inhalation in hospital the next day. These 2 fast corners and the whole top section of the circuit was not used for the last 5 races. Prost won the final 3 races there, the 1988 one being a particularly dramatic win; he overtook his teammate Ayrton Senna at the Curbe de Signes at the end of the ultra fast Mistral Straight and held onto the lead all the way to the finish, and the 1990 (by which time turbo-charged engines had been banned) event was led for more than 60 laps by Italian Ivan Capelli and Brazilian Maurício Gugelmin in underfunded, Adrian Newey designed Leyton-House cars - 2 cars that had failed to qualify at the previous event in Mexico. Prost, now driving for Ferrari after driving for McLaren from 1984-1989, made a late-race charge and passed Capelli to take the victory; Gugelmin had retired earlier.

Magny-CoursEdit

In 1991, the race moved to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, where it stayed for another 17 years. 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. Such highlights of Magny-Cours's time hosting the French Grand Prix include Prost's final of 6 wins on home soil in 1993, and Michael Schumacher's securing of the 2002 championship after only 11 races. 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.[2] 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.[3] This turned out to not be true, rather, funding for only the 2008 race was found, and this race at Magny-Cours was the last French Grand Prix held to date.

AbsenceEdit

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".[4] On 24 July, Ecclestone and the French Prime Minister met and agreed to possibly maintain the race at Magny Cours for 2008 and 2009.[5] 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.[6] The 2009 race, however, was again cancelled on 15 October 2008, with the official website citing "economic reasons".[7] A huge makeover of Magny-Cours ("2.0") was planned,[8][9] but cancelled in the end. The race's promoter FFSA then started looking for an alternative host. There were five different proposals for a new circuit: in Rouen with 3 possible layouts: a street circuit, in the dock area, or a permanent circuit near the airport,[10][11] a street circuit located near Disneyland Resort Paris,[12][13] Versailles,[14][15] and in Sarcelles (Val de France),[16] but all were cancelled. A final location in Flins-Les Mureaux, near the Flins Renault Factory was being considered[17] however that was cancelled as well on 1 December 2009.[18] In 2010 and 2011, there was no French Grand Prix on the Formula 1 calendar, although the Circuit Paul Ricard candidated itself for 2012.[19]

10 French drivers have won the French Grand Prix; 7 before World War I and II and 3 during the Formula One championship. French driver Alain Prost won the race 6 times at 3 different circuits; however German driver Michael Schumacher has won 8 times- the most anybody has ever won any Grand Prix. Monegasque driver Louis Chiron won it 5 times, and the Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio and British driver Nigel Mansell both won 4 times.

Return in 2018Edit

In December 2016, it was confirmed that the French Grand Prix will return in 2018 at the Circuit Paul Ricard.[20][21]

SponsorsEdit

  • 1988–1993: Rhône-Poulenc Grand Prix de France
  • 1998–2004: Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France
  • 2005–2007: Allianz Grand Prix de France
  • 2018–: Grand Prix de France

Winners of the French Grand PrixEdit

Repeat winners (drivers)Edit

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   Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
6   Alain Prost 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
5   Louis Chiron 1931[2], 1934, 1937, 1947, 1949
4   Juan Manuel Fangio 1950, 1951[3], 1954, 1957
  Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
3   Jack Brabham 1960, 1966, 1967
  Jackie Stewart 1969, 1971, 1972
2   Felice Nazzaro 1907, 1922
  Christian Lautenschlager 1908, 1914
  Georges Boillot 1912, 1913
  Giuseppe Campari 1924, 1933
  Robert Benoist 1925, 1927
  William Grover-Williams 1928, 1929
  Jean-Pierre Wimille 1936, 1948
  Mike Hawthorn 1953, 1958
  Dan Gurney 1962, 1964
  Jim Clark 1963, 1965
  Ronnie Peterson 1973, 1974
  Niki Lauda 1975, 1984
  Mario Andretti 1977, 1978

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

Repeat winners (constructors)Edit

Embolded teams are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.
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   Ferrari 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1968, 1975, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
8   Williams 1980, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2003
7   Lotus 1963, 1965, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978
6   Renault 1906, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2005
  Alfa Romeo 1924, 1932, 1934, 1948, 1950, 1951
  Bugatti 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936
5   Mercedes 1908, 1914, 1935, 1938, 1954
  McLaren 1976, 1984, 1988, 1989, 2000
4   Brabham 1964, 1966, 1967, 1985
2   Fiat 1907, 1922
  Peugeot 1912, 1913
  Delage 1925, 1927
  Maserati 1933, 1957
  Talbot-Lago 1947, 1949
  Tyrrell 1971, 1972
  Benetton 1994, 1995

By yearEdit

 
The Paul Ricard short circuit, used from 1986-1990
 
Dijon-Prenois, alternated with Paul Ricard from 1974-1984 (The short track was used in 1974.)
 
The Paul Ricard full circuit, used from 1971-1985
 
Le Mans Bugatti circuit used in 1967
 
The Charade circuit, used in 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1972
 
The faster Reims circuit, used from 1953-1966
 
Rouen-Les-Essarts, used in 1952 (shortened), 1957, 1962, 1964 and 1968
 
Lyon-Parilly, used in 1947
 
The original Reims-Gueux circuit, used in 1932, 1938, 1939 and 1948-1951
 
Monthlery, used from 1925-1937
 
The Le Mans road course, used in 1906
 
Map of the French Grand Prix locations

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   Felipe Massa Ferrari Magny-Cours Report
2007   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
2006   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2005   Fernando Alonso Renault Report
2004   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2003   Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Report
2002   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2001   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2000   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Report
1999   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda Report
1998   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
1997   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
1996   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1995   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
1994   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Report
1993   Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
1992   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Report
1991   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Report
1990   Alain Prost Ferrari Paul Ricard Short Circuit Report
1989   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
1988   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
1987   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Report
1986   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Report
1985   Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1984   Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Dijon-Prenois Report
1983   Alain Prost Renault Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1982   René Arnoux Renault Report
1981   Alain Prost Renault Dijon-Prenois Report
1980   Alan Jones Williams-Ford Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1979   Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault Dijon-Prenois Report
1978   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1977   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Dijon-Prenois Report
1976   James Hunt McLaren-Ford Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1975   Niki Lauda Ferrari Report
1974   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Dijon-Prenois Short Circuit Report
1973   Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1972   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Charade Report
1971   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Paul Ricard Full Circuit Report
1970   Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Charade Report
1969   Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Report
1968   Jacky Ickx Ferrari Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1967   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Le Mans-Bugatti Report
1966   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Reims Report
1965   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Charade Report
1964   Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1963   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Reims Report
1962   Dan Gurney Porsche Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1961   Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Reims Report
1960   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report
1959   Tony Brooks Ferrari Report
1958   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Report
1957   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1956   Peter Collins Ferrari Reims Report
1955 Not held
1954   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes Reims Report
1953   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Report
1952   Alberto Ascari Ferrari Rouen-Les-Essarts Report
1951   Luigi Fagioli
  Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo Reims-Gueux Report
1950   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
1949   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Reims-Gueux Report
1948   Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo Report
1947   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Lyon-Parilly Report
1946

1940
Not held
1939   Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union Reims-Gueux Report
1938   Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes Report
1937   Louis Chiron Talbot Montlhéry Report
1936   Jean-Pierre Wimille
  Raymond Sommer
Bugatti Report
1935   Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Report
1934   Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Report
1933   Giuseppe Campari Maserati Report
1932   Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Reims-Gueux Report
1931   Louis Chiron
  Achille Varzi
Bugatti Montlhéry Report
1930   Philippe Étancelin Bugatti Pau Report
1929   William Grover-Williams Bugatti Le Mans Report
1928   William Grover-Williams Bugatti Saint-Gaudens Report
1927   Robert Benoist Delage Montlhéry Report
1926   Jules Goux Bugatti Miramas Report
1925   Robert Benoist
  Albert Divo
Delage Montlhéry Report
1924   Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo Lyon Report
1923   Henry Segrave Sunbeam Tours Report
1922   Felice Nazzaro Fiat Strasbourg Report
1921   Jimmy Murphy Duesenberg Le Mans Report
1920

1915
Not held
1914   Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes Lyon Report
1913   Georges Boillot Peugeot Amiens Report
1912   Georges Boillot Peugeot Dieppe Report
1911

1909
Not held
1908   Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes Dieppe Report
1907   Felice Nazzaro Fiat Report
1906   Ferenc Szisz Renault Le Mans Report

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