The French F1 GP programme

It is the 18th time Formula 1 has visited Le Castellet, the fourth since Circuit Paul Ricard returned to the program in 2018… and perhaps the last as the track is in danger of disappearing from the category’s 2023 calendar.

Timetables and TV schedule for GP de France 2022

For the French public, as since 2013, it will be necessary to count on the broadcast of the event by the Canal+ group, which organizes the programming on its various channels. The group will offer its usual coverage of all sessions throughout the weekend. However, the race will also be broadcast unencrypted, as specifically required by the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel for the Grand Prix de France. It will be on C8.

Date Session Hours Chain
Friday, July 22
Free training 1 14.00 – 15.00 Canal+ Sport
Free training 2

17:00 – 18:00

Canal+ Sport
Saturday 23 July
Free training 3 13:00 – 14:00 Canal+
Qualifications 16:00 – 17:00 Canal+
Sunday, July 24
Race At 3:00. Canal+ | C8

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A marvel of modernity from its construction in the late 1960s and early 1970s, carried out under the impetus of business manager Paul Ricard, the Castellet route quickly welcomed Formula 1 with a first edition of the GP de France, which was held there in 1971. Until 1984, the circuit hosted the event alternating with other courses before becoming its sole home from 1985 to 1990. From 1991, Magny-Cours took over. It is via Circuit Paul Ricard that F1 returns to France in 2018, after nine seasons of absence. In 2020, the event will not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Var circuit, which is 5,842 km long and consists of 15 turns, promotes speed despite the straight line of the Mistral, which is cut in two by a chicane, which is also the route’s main overtaking zone. However, the overall average speed is broken by sequences of turns at low/medium speed. The track, which has long been a first-class test track, is particularly noted for its asphalt fairways and colored rumble strips, which give it an atypical setting and numerous escape routes for the drivers. In the race, you must drive 53 laps, for a total distance of 309.626 km.


Pole record The United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
(average: 238.127 km/h)
Best lap of the race Germany Sebastian Vettel

1’32” 740

(average: 226.775 km/h)


The last 10 polemen and winners at Le Castellet


The heatwave is in full swing and if we don’t go anywhere near 40°C, it will still be hot this weekend in Le Castellet with almost zero risk of rain. The three free practice sessions should be played with a temperature of around 31°C, while the mercury could only reach 30°C for qualifying and the race.

Next race: Hungarian Grand Prix (July 29-31)

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