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The French Historic Grand Prix as a curtain-opener for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France

2020.1.12.
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Ahead of the next Formula 1 Grand Prix de France from 25th to 27th June, the Historic French Grand Prix, the third of its kind, whose genesis between the French Motor Sports Federation and HVM Racing dates back to 2017, will also be held at the Circuit Paul Ricard from 11th to 13th June.

During the three days of this event, the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet will honour the heritage of motor sport and the legacy of this sport in collaboration with the promoter HVM Racing.

During the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France from 25th to 27th June, an “F1 Revival” paddock will be open to the public with an exhibition of several dozen cars. These single seaters will retrace the evolution of Formula 1 which have marked the history of motor sport.

The GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet will be selling tickets for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France and the Historic French Grand Prix next June on its website www.gpfrance.com.

Due to the situation linked to the Covid-19 virus, the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet will limit access to 15,000 spectators per day in three zones of 5,000 seats each for these two events. This limitation of the number of spectators will be subject to change depending on the improvement of the health situation and the forthcoming decisions of the French Government.

Finally, the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet will make new services available to its spectators to facilitate their reservations: insurance upon purchase, a three-instalment-payment system, a shared payment system and accommodation solutions.

Eric Boullier, Managing Director of the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet: “I am delighted to collaborate with HVM Racing by associating the Grand Prix de France Historique with our event. This show will be a real moment of intergenerational sharing ahead of the next Formula 1 Grand Prix de France”.

Nicolas Deschaux, President of the FFSA: ” The name “Grand Prix” is a French tradition. In 2017, wishing to enhance the value of all historic competitions on a national level, the FFSA has created the “Historic French Grand Prix” with HVM Racing, its faithful promoter on the “Historic Tour”, the French Championship of the Circuit speciality. Biennial and plunging us back into the atmosphere of period competitions, the “Grand Prix de France Historique” very quickly became an essential event. In 2021, for its third meeting always organised around the great hours of single-seater racing, it joined its present in the Paul Ricard circuit, home of the modern Grand Prix de France on which F1 made its return in 2018. This gathering of past and present will offer national motor sport and its countless enthusiasts a spectacle of very high quality”.

Laurent Vallery-Masson, Managing Director of HVM Racing: “A true link between the past and present of the Paul Ricard circuit, a place of excellence for Formula 1 yesterday and today, the Grand Prix de France Historique is a natural prelude to the “modern” Grand Prix de France. Within the framework of a specific event, it will offer a unique opportunity to plunge back into the golden age of F1, from the fifties to the dawn of the nineties, and more generally, into the history of single-seater racing. In particular, we are expecting more than 70 Formula 1 cars in the race! »

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