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French Grand Prix to use Mistral Straight Chicane

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

The reborn French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, scheduled for summer 2018 has determined which of the famous test rack’s 167 layouts it will use.

The layout, of 5.482 km will closely follow that of the last French Grand Prix held at the circuit in 1990, but it will not use the full 1.8 km Mistral straight, which has not been used since 1985 after Elio de Angelis passed away after a testing accident there.

The circuit served purely as a testing venue from 2002 to 2008 and has only hosted races again since 2009. One of the biggest challenges the circuit will face, as you can see from the above photograph, will be whether or not it can bring in enough grandstands and facilities for the potential 100,000 plus crowds F1 can bring.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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