French Grand Prix
|Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours|
|Circuit length||4.41 km (2.74 miles)|
|Race length||308.59 km (191.75 miles)|
|2004 winner||1:30:18.133 s (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari)|
|2004 pole||1:13.698 (Fernando Alonso, Renault)|
|2004 fastest lap||1:15.377 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari)|
Grand Prix motor racing originated in France and the French Grand Prix, open to international competition, is the oldest of the Grand Prix races. The first French Grand Prix was run on June 26, 1906 under the auspices of the Automobile Club de France in Sarthe with a starting field of thity-two automobiles.
The first World Championships were organized in 1925 with the French Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. The French Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One championships since its inception in 1950. Over the years, the annual competition has been held at various racetracks throughout France but since 1991 it has been held at its permanent home at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
The 2004 race was in doubt for several weeks because of financial problems. However, the race went ahead as planned in the end. Once again, though, the race's future is in doubt, as it has been left off the provisional 2005 Formula One calendar.
Winners of the French Grands Prix
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