The French Grand Prix saw a return to the F1 calendar for 2018, this time at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet, southern France; the circuit last held an F1 race some 28 years prior.
With the Grand Prix at Ricard continuing onward for 2019, circuit changes have been enforced after 2018 saw complaints from Formula 1 drivers and motorcycle riders who were dissatisfied with the layout and characteristics of the circuit.
Charlie Whiting, the FIA safety delegate, recently visited Paul Ricard looking at proposals of track changes planned to cure the problems. Circuit owners aim to implement the changes before the 2019 French Grand Prix on the 23rd June.
The main issues for the circuit are the surface and the pit entry.
The changes therefore include a new asphalt surface covering 60% of the track, encompassing all corners, leaving the straights untouched.
The pit entrance will also be rebuilt. In 2018, shortly after the last corner (Virage du Pont), the drivers turned right and then sharply left into the pit lane, causing complaints from the drivers.
Should a car encounter a problem on entry into the pits, the car in question would simply drive straight into the first team garage, in the case of
In 2018, the speed limit was altered and cars could not exceed 60kph, down from the standard 80kph limit. Fortunately, the Grand Prix didn’t see any
The circuit layout will now alter, moving the pit entry off the main
Confirmed 2019 season calendar so far
17 March: Australia, Melbourne
31 March: Bahrain, Sakhir
14 April: China, Shanghai
28 April: Azerbaijan, Baku
12 May: Spain, Barcelona
26 May: Monaco, Monte Carlo
9 June: Canada, Montreal
23 June: France, Le Castellet
30 June: Austria, Spielberg
14 July: Great Britain, Silverstone
28 July: Germany, Hockenheim
4 August: Hungary, Budapest
1st September: Belgium, Francorchamps
8 September: Italy, Monza
22 September: Singapore, Singapore
29 September: Russia, Sochi