As every year, fans will be offered a wide range of activities and entertainment to ensure an optimal experience. On the site, the activities are divided into zones. The idea is to centre each zone around at least one competition.
"ZONE MINI": In this area we will have electric radio-controlled car races for the spectators to try (there will be more than 100 participants) and a stage of the FFVRC championship (French Federation of Radio-Controlled Cars). In this area we will be exhibiting our huge Lego model of the Circuit Paul Ricard (in figures: 21 m², 384,000 pieces and 616 hours of work). The youngest will also be able to discover the different facets of the world of motor sport thanks to specially equipped containers.
"ZONE MAXI": In this area, spectators will be able to enjoy electric FMX (Motocross) stunt shows, a Ferris wheel with a panoramic view of the circuit and a large inflatable obstacle course. The contemporary artist Richard Orlinski will also be exhibiting his large-scale paintings.
"ZONE VIRTUELLE": This area will allow fans to try their hand at driving on simulators, and we will host the world drone racing championship with international talent. Spectators will be able to learn how to fly a drone with "Drone Soccer". There will also be a Dynamic Cinema.
"ZONE XTREM": We are placing the most spectacular animations in this area. A Biofuel-powered Gymkhana (precision driving) competition will be featured with famous athletes of the discipline. Visitors will be able to watch car stunt shows and even take a ride with the stunt drivers. The final of the F1 in Schools programme, which aims to introduce young people to the engineering side of Formula One, is also expected to take place in this area during the Grand Prix. Fans will be able to take part in thrilling activities such as go-karting, quad biking, zip-lining and air-bag free-fall.
"VILLAGE SUD": The traditional Village Sud is a reconstruction of a typical village in our region. Spectators will find shops, refreshment stands and entertainment. This is an area that is particularly popular with visitors during the Grand Prix.
AFTER RACE & CONCERTS: Every evening after the races, fans will be able to go to the track at the "Virage du pont" and enjoy exceptional shows. The concerts will be the start of the "After Race", unique evenings during which spectators will attend shows, competitions, and have the opportunity to discover all our animations, while enjoying a happy hour in all our refreshment bars. Synapson : Friday 20h00-21h30 Magic System : Saturday 19h30-21H00 Kungs : Sunday after the race
GENERAL AMBIENCE: On site, fans will enjoy a wide range of food trucks and refreshment stands. Vegan and vegetarian options will also be available. In the stands, we are working to create an atmosphere between the races with a DJ, speaker, Kiss Cam, Quizz... Fans will be able to follow what is going on in the four corners of the track thanks to the giant screens placed in large numbers on the site. The Patrouille de France will be present. Of course, the French patrol will be present to paint the sky with the colours of France.
WHY GO? Opened in 1970 by the French pastis magnate, the Circuit Paul Ricard occupies a prime spot on the French Riviera between the cities of Marseille and Toulon.
First used for the French Grand Prix in 1971, 2018 marks the return of the Le Castellet venue to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1990, when Alain Prost won his home Grand Prix driving for Ferrari.
A weekend spent watching Formula 1 at the Circuit Paul Ricard is the perfect launch pad for a holiday on the Mediterranean. Apart from Marseille and Toulon, the pretty port towns of Hyères and the famous Saint-Tropez lie close by, while wine fans will find themselves smack bang in the middle of a region that’s world famous for its rosés and spicy, full-bodied reds.
WHERE TO GO? Staying in Marseille? The city’s domineering Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica is worth a visit, not least for the stunning 360 degree views of the Old Port and surrounding coastline. Given the popularity of the local tipple, a wine tour at one of Provence’s many vineyards wouldn’t go amiss either. And if all that sounds like too much hard work and you just want to lie on a beach, you’re in luck; several of France’s best beaches are within striking distance of the Circuit Paul Ricard. Try Antibes, Les Calanques de Cassis, Marseille’s Prado Beaches, Porquerolles Island, Saint-Tropez or Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat’s Paloma Beach.