Check the programme of your Formula 1 Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet.
The French Grand Prix invites you to a big four-day party. Discover a foretaste of what awaits you!
The teams have finished setting up camp at the circuit and after several days assembly the spectacular motorhomes are now installed. The circuit is ready to welcome the Formula 1 circus. The mechanics and engineers are already hard at work. The drivers too as they do their traditional track walk, a reconnaissance of the circuit on foot to inspect various details – kerbs, escape roads, etc.
A kind of infectious communications buzz begins to invade the circuit. After putting the final touches to the preparation of their cars the mechanics bring them to scrutineering to ensure that they comply with the regs.
The engines finally roar into life! Two free practice sessions are the highlights of the first day of action on the track. The drivers take part in the first free practice session which, for them all, is their first real contact with the French Grand Prix circuit. The teams use this session to assess pre-calculated setups and test some new parts. The second free practice enables them to validate the modifications made to the setups because of the information gathered in the first session. The drivers also assess the performance of the tyres and analyse their behaviour in view of the race.
The third free practice session is mainly devoted to finding pure performance and preparation for qualifying. The latter determines the grid positions that are so important for the race. The qualifying session unfolds in three eliminatory phases: the 15-fastest drivers in Q1 go into Q2 after which only the ten quickest progress to Q3 to fight for pole position.
After gathering momentum the tension builds up to a crescendo on Sunday. The drivers’ parade is an intense moment of communication with the crowd. The weekend reaches its paroxysm with the start at 15:10, a crucial moment in the race.
Several activities will enrich this programme in the coming weeks to the delight of the crowd.