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The French Grand Prix (1906-1967: Grand Prix de l'ACF, 1968-2008: Grand Prix de France) is a race held as part of Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's annual Formula One automobile racing championships.

Grand Prix motor racing originated in France and the French Grand Prix, open to international competition, is the oldest Grand Prix races, first run on 26 June 1906 under the auspices of the Automobile Club de France in Sarthe, with a starting field of 32 automobiles.

Georges Boillot winning the 1912 French Grand Prix in Dieppe, France
The first World Championships were organized in 1925 with the French Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prixmarker, the Belgian Grand Prixmarker and the Indianapolis 500marker. The French Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One championships since their inception in 1950. The race has been held at various racetracks throughout France, such as the Autodrome de Montlhérymarker. Since 1991 it has had its permanent home at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Coursmarker. The move to Magny-Cours was an attempt to stimulate the economy of the area, but many within Formula One complain about the remote nature of the circuit.

The 2004 and 2005 races were in doubt because of financial problems and the addition of new circuits to the Formula One calendar. These races went ahead as planned, but it still has an uncertain future.

On 29 March 2007 it was announced by the FFSA, the race promoter, that the 2008 French Grand Prix was put on an indefinite "pause". This suspension was due to the financial situation of the circuit, known to be disliked by many in F1 due to the circuit's remote location. On 31 May, Bernie Ecclestone confirmed (at the time) that the 2007 French Grand Prix would be the last to be held at Magny-Cours.

However, after various negotiations, the future of the race at Magny-Cours took another turn, with increased speculation that the 2008 French Grand Prix would return, with Ecclestone himself stating "We're going to maybe resurrect it for a year, or something like that". On 24 July, Ecclestone and the French Prime Minister met and agreed to possibly maintain the race at Magny Cours for 2008 and 2009. The change in fortune was completed on 27 July, when the FIA published the calendar with a 2008 French Grand Prix scheduled at Magny-Cours once again. The 2009 race, however, was again cancelled on 15 October 2008, with the official website citing "economic reasons".

Sponsors

  • Rhône-Poulenc Grand Prix de France 1988-1993
  • Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France 1998-2004
  • Allianzmarker Grand Prix de France 2005-2007
  • RBS Grand Prix de France 2008


Winners of the French Grands Prix

Repeat winners

Number of wins Driver Years
8 Michael Schumacher 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
6 Alain Prost 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993
4 Louis Chiron 1931, 1934, 1937, 1947
Juan Manuel Fangio 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957
Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
3 Jack Brabham 1960, 1966, 1967
Jackie Stewart 1969, 1971, 1972
2 Christian Lautenschlager 1908, 1914
Felice Nazzaro 1907, 1922
Georges Boillot 1912, 1913
Giuseppe Campari 1924, 1933
Robert Benoist 1925, 1927
William Grover-Williams 1928, 1929
Jean-Pierre Wimille 1936, 1948
Dan Gurney 1962, 1964
Jim Clark 1963, 1965
Ronnie Peterson 1973, 1974
Mario Andretti 1977, 1978
Niki Lauda 1975, 1984
 Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1951 race, but shared the Alfa Romeo 159-car with Luigi Fagioli.


By year

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

A cream background indicates an event which was part of the pre-war European Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
2007 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
2006 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
2005 Fernando Alonso Renaultmarker Magny-Coursmarker Report
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
2003 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Magny-Coursmarker Report
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
2000 David Coulthard McLarenmarker-Mercedes Magny-Coursmarker Report
1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda Magny-Coursmarker Report
1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
1997 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Magny-Coursmarker Report
1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renaultmarker Magny-Coursmarker Report
1995 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renaultmarker Magny-Coursmarker Report
1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Magny-Coursmarker Report
1993 Alain Prost Williams-Renaultmarker Magny-Coursmarker Report
1992 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renaultmarker Magny-Coursmarker Report
1991 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renaultmarker Magny-Coursmarker Report
1990 Alain Prost Ferrari Paul Ricardmarker Report
1989 Alain Prost McLarenmarker-Honda Paul Ricardmarker Report
1988 Alain Prost McLarenmarker-Honda Paul Ricardmarker Report
1987 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Paul Ricardmarker Report
1986 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Paul Ricardmarker Report
1985 Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Paul Ricardmarker Report
1984 Niki Lauda McLarenmarker-TAG Dijonmarker Report
1983 Alain Prost Renaultmarker Paul Ricardmarker Report
1982 René Arnoux Renaultmarker Paul Ricardmarker Report
1981 Alain Prost Renaultmarker Dijonmarker Report
1980 Alan Jones Williams-Ford Paul Ricardmarker Report
1979 Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renaultmarker Dijonmarker Report
1978 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Paul Ricardmarker Report
1977 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Dijonmarker Report
1976 James Hunt McLarenmarker-Ford Paul Ricardmarker Report
1975 Niki Lauda Ferrari Paul Ricardmarker Report
1974 Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Dijonmarker Report
1973 Ronnie Peterson Lotus-Ford Paul Ricardmarker Report
1972 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Charademarker Report
1971 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Paul Ricardmarker Report
1970 Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Charademarker Report
1969 Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Charademarker Report
1968 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 312 Rouen-Les-Essartsmarker Report
1967 Jack Brabham Brabham BT24 - Repco Le Mans-Bugatti Report
1966 Jack Brabham Brabham BT19 - Repco Reimsmarker Report
1965 Jim Clark Lotus 25 - Climax Charademarker Report
1964 Dan Gurney Brabham BT7 - Climax Rouen-Les-Essartsmarker Report
1963 Jim Clark Lotus 25 - Climax Reimsmarker Report
1962 Dan Gurney Porsche 804 Rouen-Les-Essartsmarker Report
1961 Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Dino 156 Reimsmarker Report
1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Reimsmarker Report
1959 Tony Brooks Ferrari Dino 246 Reimsmarker Report
1958 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Dino 246 Reimsmarker Report
1957 Juan Manuel Fangio Maseratimarker 250F Rouen-Les-Essartsmarker Report
1956 Peter Collins Ferrari D50A Reimsmarker Report
1955 Not held
1954 Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 Reimsmarker Report
1953 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 500 Reimsmarker Report
1952 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 500 Rouen-Les-Essartsmarker Report
1951 Luigi Fagioli
Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo 159 Reimsmarker Report
1950 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 158 Reimsmarker Report
1949 Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago T26C Reimsmarker Report
1948 Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo 158 Reimsmarker Report
1947 Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Monoplace C39 Lyon-Parilly Report
1946
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1940

Not held
1939 Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union 3.0L Reimsmarker Report
1938 Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz W154 Reimsmarker Report
1937 Louis Chiron Talbot T150C Montlhérymarker Report
1936 Jean-Pierre Wimille
Raymond Sommer
Bugattimarker T57G Montlhérymarker Report
1935 Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz W25 Montlhérymarker Report
1934 Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Montlhérymarker Report
1933 Giuseppe Campari Maseratimarker 8C-3000 Montlhérymarker Report
1932 Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Montlhérymarker Report
1931 Louis Chiron
Achille Varzi
Bugattimarker T51 Montlhérymarker Report
1930 Philippe Étancelin Bugattimarker T35C Paumarker Report
1929 William Grover-Williams Bugattimarker T35B Le Mansmarker Report
1928 William Grover-Williams Bugattimarker T35C Saint-Gaudensmarker Report
1927 Robert Benoist Delage 15-S8 Montlhérymarker Report
1926 Jules Goux Bugattimarker T39A Miramasmarker Report
1925 Robert Benoist
Albert Divo
Delage 2LCV Montlhérymarker Report
1924 Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo P2 Lyonmarker Report
1923 Henry Segrave Sunbeam Toursmarker Report
1922 Felice Nazzaro Fiatmarker 804 Strasbourgmarker Report
1921 Jimmy Murphy Duesenberg Le Mansmarker Report
1920
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1915

Not held
1914 Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes 18/100 Lyonmarker Report
1913 Georges Boillot Peugeot L5 Amiensmarker Report
1912 Georges Boillot Peugeot L76 Dieppemarker Report
1911
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1909

Not held
1908 Christian Lautenschlager Mercedes Dieppemarker Report
1907 Felice Nazzaro Fiatmarker Dieppemarker Report
1906 Ferenc Szisz Renault Le Mansmarker Report


References

  1. ITV-F1.com 2008 French Grand Prix "Pause"
  2. ITV-F1.com Ecclestone Confirms Magny Cours Departure
  3. ITV-F1.com Magny-Cours set for reprieve
  4. BBC SportFormula One hope for French Grand Prix
  5. http://www.gpfrancef1.com/


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