French Formula 1 Grand Prix records

Argentinean Juan Manuel Fangio holds the record for the number of pole positions in the Formula 1 French Grand Prix as he set the fastest time in qualifying on five occasions (1950, 1951, 1954, 1956 and 1957) on the Reims-Gueux and Rouen-les-Essarts circuits. Scot Jim Clark holds the record for the number of consecutive pole positions with four (1962-1965) set on three different circuits (Rouen-les-Essarts, Reims-Gueux, Charade).

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher from Germany holds the record for the highest number of victories all grands prix combined with eight wins on the Magny-Cours circuit (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006). French driver Alain Prost is the record-holder for the number of consecutive victories with three on the Paul Ricard circuit (1988 to 1990). They are also the joint record holders for the number of podium appearances (11) on French soil.

Michael Schumacher from Germany holds the record for the highest number of victories all grands prix combined with eight wins on the Magny-Cours circuit (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006). French driver Alain Prost is the record-holder for the number of consecutive victories with three on the Paul Ricard circuit (1988 to 1990). They are also the joint record holders for the number of podium appearances (11) on French soil.

In the teams’ and engine builders’ categories the Scuderia Ferrari holds all the records for the French Grand Prix with 17 pole positions, 17 victories (6 doubles), 48 podiums, 14 fastest laps in the race, 6061 km in the lead and 370 points scored.

The fastest French Grand Prix in the history of the race was the 1966 event on the Reims-Gueux circuit on which Jack Brabham averaged 220,322 km/h. The closest finish also took place on this track in the champagne region when one second separated Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling at the chequered flag in the 1954 event: a scenario repeated in 1961 between Giancarlo Baghetti and Dan Gurney.

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