Magny-Cours

 
The track is situated near the towns of Magny-Cours and Nevers in France and has held the French Grand Prix 18 consecutive times from 1991 to 2008 |  Michael Schumacher has won this race eight times (twice with Benetton and six times with Ferrari) |  Since 2000, this race has been won six times by a Ferrari driver |  David Coulthard recorded the fastest laps for five consecutive years, from1998 to 2002 and also holds the record lap time at this venue |  The Williams car holds the records for eight pole positions at this circuit while Ferrari is close behind with six |  In 2008, the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) withdrew financing for the event which subsequently led to its omission from the 2009 calendar. Disneyland Paris is set to replace it as the French Grand Prix for future F1 seasons.

FACTFILE

Name :Magny-Cours
Country :France
No. of Races :18
First Race :Jul 07, 1991
Last Race :Jun 22, 2008
Defending Champion:F.Massa
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Set amid rural surroundings in France’s Burgundy region, the 4.4km Circuit de Nevers is characterised by a collection of slow hairpins, medium speed corners and high-speed chicanes. The French track requires a high downforce set-up, one which provides stability through the twisty sections, but one which equally does not compromise straight line speed.

Magny-Cours is renowned for its smooth surface which, when combined with the area’s variable temperatures, provides one of the greatest challenges for the teams over the weekend. The unpredictable weather, which can generate track temperatures in excess of 50°C, places high thermal loadings on the tyres, while the slower hairpins also generate longitudinal loadings, all of which can destabilise the balance of the car.

With several acute braking events (the drivers will experience 4g when braking from 300km/h down to 60km/h into the Adelaide hairpin), durable brakes are also a pre-requisite. Aerodynamic efficiency and car driveability are therefore key for a successful race this weekend.

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  • The track is situated near the towns of Magny-Cours and Nevers in France and has held the French Grand Prix 18 consecutive times from 1991 to 2008
  • Michael Schumacher has won this race eight times (twice with Benetton and six times with Ferrari)
  • Since 2000, this race has been won six times by a Ferrari driver
  • David Coulthard recorded the fastest laps for five consecutive years, from1998 to 2002 and also holds the record lap time at this venue
  • The Williams car holds the records for eight pole positions at this circuit while Ferrari is close behind with six
  • In 2008, the French Motorsports Federation (FFSA) withdrew financing for the event which subsequently led to its omission from the 2009 calendar. Disneyland Paris is set to replace it as the French Grand Prix for future F1 seasons.
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