from July 22 to 24, 2022

Début du GP de France dans :


French historic grand prix
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Turn up the volume !

With the presence of the famous BOSS GP series, the Castellet public will have the privilege of being able to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Grand Prix of the 90s and 2000s and vibrate to the inimitable sound of the V10s vintage. A double race will allow the public to fully experience this return to a still recent past. The starting grid will include precious Benetton, Williams, Toro Rosso, Jaguar and other unforgettable Formula 1 cars, which will be in good company for the occasion. In keeping with the BOSS GP concept, other high-performance cars will be invited to follow in the wake of the F1 cars. The V8-powered GP2s will be in abundance on the track and will also be joined by defectors from Indy Car and the former Superleague Formula, Auto GP, World Series by Renault and F3000 series.

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In memory of a glorious era

The sporting tribute to the history of Formula 1 will continue with this other grid, also divided into two races during the weekend. Specifically created for the occasion by HVM Racing in collaboration with the prestigious British Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), it will offer spectators a privileged meeting with the “legends of the seventies”. Concretely, two races will bring together pre-1982 F1 cars, with or without ground effect depending on the class in which they are entered. To the sound of the 3-litre Cosworth V8s that will equip the majority of them, it will be an opportunity to see Lotus, Williams, Ligier, Tyrrell, Benetton, Shadow and other single-seaters from one of the most significant eras in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship. In keeping with the same period, the grid will also be open to F5000s, true F1 cars powered by larger V8 engines.

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The antechamber to Formula 1

Only series dedicated to former Formula 2 single-seaters, the International Historic F2 celebrates the memory of the European championship whose races were attended by so many great champions from 1967 to 1978, the period chosen for this tribute, before they joined the premier class. Two separate races will bring together the March, Chevron, Ralt, Lotus and other Brabham cars of those great years (with 1600 or 2-litre engines), to which their current drivers are understandably passionate. At random, the starting grids will be well supplied, and it will be possible to rediscover the mounts of such emblematic drivers of the category as Peterson, Fittipaldi, Jarier, Jaussaud, Regazzoni…

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Curtain up on F1

There was a time it was traditional to attend a Formula 3 race as a curtain raiser to the French Formula 1 Grand Prix. A meeting to which many apprentice champions, concerned to be noticed under the eyes of the F1 team managers. Logically, the GP de France Historique brings this happy neighbourhood back to life. The two races will bring together more particularly the F3 single-seaters of the 70s and those which succeeded them until 1984, just before the appearance of the first carbon shells. Here again, some great names will be displayed on the cockpits of some of them, reminding us that the Formula 3 of this period allowed the emergence of many future F1 stars, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the lead!

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The French industry

Formula Renault will also be honoured with the respect due to its glorious history. We will summarise it by recalling that since the beginning of the 1970s, no French driver who has reached F1 has failed to take part in this founding stage. From Alain Prost to Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, all of them attended the races as a must. During the GP de France Historique, it’s more particularly the models from the 1980s and the beginning of the following decade (until 1994) that will be at the start of the two races of the weekend. Depending on their age, they will be racing in Turbo or Atmo mode for the older ones.

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FORMULA FORD 1600 « PRE 1993 »

Universal champions school

A school category that is more than half a century old, Formula Ford is marvellously well suited to historical mode. The spectators of the GP de France Historique will easily be able to verify this by attending the two races which will feature a host of single-seaters built between 1967 and 1992. Cars of various origins and shapes, whose chassis are powered by the same Ford Kent 1600 cm3 engine. A school category par excellence, Formula Ford had the merit of revealing countless great names in motor racing, including future world champions such as Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Jody Scheckter, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button.

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A dash of endurance as a bonus

In addition to the various single-seater grids, this Grand Prix de France Historique edition will also offer a glimpse into the world of GTs and Sports-Protos. Under the title of “100 km of the GPFH”, two 45-minute races will identify with the great international endurance races by bringing together the two categories of cars. Various GT cars from before 1998 will be mixed on the track with many Protos, which must have been built before 1995. A cocktail full of flavour that the drivers will have the possibility of tasting as a team thanks to the compulsory 2.5 minutes stop imposed during the event.

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