Often named as the venue for the long-awaited return of F1 to France, Paul Ricard was designed to be in a league of his own: its facilities even include an airstrip that made it popular among F1 teams as a test track.
The circuit is now owned by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who updated it to the most modern standards, creating the famed High Tech Test Track. The layout variants are so many that the number of available track solutions is 167, with lengths ranging from 826 meters to 5.8 km.
The most renowned section of the track is the 1.8 km-long Mistral straight, followed by the fast right-hander named Signes. Above all, the technical sector from T11 to T15 the biggest impact on lap times.