Promoted: Why F1’s French GP is one of Europe’s fastest tracks

With one grand prix in the modern age in the bag, Motorsport Live looks at how fast the Paul Ricard circuit is compared to its counterparts on the F1 calendar.
In qualifying trim at last year’s race, Lewis Hamilton posted a pole time of 1m30.029s to be within just a shade of dipping below the 90-second mark, managing an average speed of 233.604km/h on his lap.
Compared to the fastest speeds managed in qualifying last season, that’s the sixth-highest on the calendar – showing that there’s value in maximising straight line speed when it comes to looking at the set-up ahead of the race.

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