Paul Ricard is the Formula One racing circuit, which held 14 times the French Grand Prix. Its construction began in 1969 in Le Castellet, near Marseille, with financial support from a group of eccentric beverage tycoon Paul Ricard, Pernod Ricard. He is currently owned by the Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone and is used mainly for the queen of motorsport tests, but several times a year there are also go-kart races. Its basic features include great flexibility, as the track offers several versions, each testing a different area. Most commonly used version reminiscent of Monaco circuit and race circuit Gilles Villeneuva. Paul Ricard even has its own irrigation system, which makes it possible to simuloavt a ride on a wet track.
There have also been several attempts from racing stables to put Paul Ricard back into the carousel of the entire Formula 1 series, where he could replace the not very popular Magny-Cours. However, Bernie Ecclestone has repeatedly disagreed with this proposal, as Paul Ricard offers almost no background for viewers or journalists - there are no information centers or stands. Instead of Magny-Cours, he would rather see the formula on the streets of Paris or even among the attractions in French Disneyland. In March 2012, it was announced that from 2013 the French Grand Prix would return to the calendar, but no decision was made on the venue. Finally, the circuit and the GP of France returned to the F1 calendar in 2018.