4 things to know before heading to the French F1 Grand Prix this weekend

An exciting season, a modern system, the 70th edition of the French Grand Prix scheduled for July 22-24, builds on the good momentum seen in Formula 1.

Without getting to the stratospheric numbers observed in June at Silverstone where more than 400,000 people gathered on the British road, at least 200,000 spectators are still expected during the three days of opening to the public.

We assess the ticket office, conditions of access and parking. But also on add-ons.

1. There are a few places left (but not for the big race)

All Saturday and Sunday tickets are now sold out. But there are places left for Friday, which offer two free Formula 1 practice sessions, one free practice session and another Formula 2 qualifying session, and finally a concert by the famous French DJ, Synapson.

Complete program for tickets sold from 19 euros. All information is available on the Grand Prix de France website (gpfrance.com).

On this same site, the exchange allows people who do not have insurance to resell their tickets in complete safety. Others are for purchase on the official channel.

Did you ever know that Saturday and Sunday tickets may be available at this exchange…

2. It is forbidden to pass a wide perimeter

The organizers know this, and it is expected that their turn will come. So they made a big decision: banning, from Friday to Sunday, access to the circuit on a geographical perimeter connecting the municipalities of Cuges-les-Pins, Le Beausset and Signes, including Le Castellet, La Cadière and Évenos.

Residents only (who must have a City Halls Residence Permit upon presentation of vehicle registration document), holders of Green Access (sold out now), visitors playing the carpooling game, and finally – drivers of two and three wheeled vehicles will be able to circulate in this ocean.

For others, a solution is necessary, avoid this area and join one of the 7 car parks of the relay (parking is included in the ticket price). Ideally, La Ciotat is next to the railroad (TER timing and capacity are roughly doubled).

Then all you have to do is board one of the 400 buses that will travel between the relay car parks and the circuit (departures every four to eight minutes depending on time).

3. You can park freely in the designated car parks (even without a reservation)

In one of the seven (free) car parks scattered in the municipalities of Signes, Aubagne, Roquefort-la-Bédoule, La Ciotat, Saint-Cyr, Bandol, Beausset and Castellet.

The organization invites those who have not booked their relay car park to come to the Signes and Aubagne parking areas of greater capacity.

4. Kongs, Synapson, magic system… There will be concerts every day

There are three concerts in this Grand Prix de France programme. French DJ Synapson will perform on Friday (8pm), Magic System will be on stage on Saturday (7.30pm), and finally Kungs Ball will close on Sunday (5.15pm).

Three concerts and several autograph sessions by the Formula 1 drivers who will be signing autographs in the fan zone on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m., from 11:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m., and finally from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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