Magny-Cours 572

Magny-Cours

The Circuit Jean Behra, as it was known, was a second-division and slightly rundown national track that was also home to the Martini racing car constructor before political pressure was exercised on its behalf during the 1980s.

Official Name
Circuit Jean Behra/Circuit de Nevers
Country
France
Location
Magny-Cours, Burgundy
Co-ordinates
46.864083, 3.163714
Latest Race
First Race

The Circuit Jean Behra, as it was known, was a second-division and slightly rundown national track that was also home to the Martini racing car constructor before political pressure was exercised on its behalf during the 1980s. President Mitterand, so long a supporter of French racing in general and the Ligier team in particular, backed a plan to move the French Grand Prix to the Nevers region. A major redevelopment of Magny-Cours was completed in time for the 1991 race and the renamed Circuit de Nevers had the smoothest track surface on the calendar. But after the fast open layout of Circuit Paul Ricard, the new circuit was somewhat tight and uninspiring in comparison. It held the Grand Prix until the original such race disappeared from the calendar when the sanction fee from 2008 proved unaffordable.

Circuit

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.756 (Miles)

Change

New complex built at the last corner

Fastest Race Lap

Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004), 1m15.377, 131.627 mph, F1, 2004

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Fernando Alonso (Renault R24), 1m13.698, 134.626 mph, F1, 2004

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.641 (Miles)

Change

Chicane after Adelaide Hairpin bypassed. Pit lane exit modified in 2001

Fastest Race Lap

David Coulthard (McLaren MP4/17-Mercedes-Benz), 1m15.045, 126.692 mph, F1, 2002

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams FW24-BMW), 1m11.985, 132.078 mph, F1, 2002

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.654 (Miles)

Change

Circuit rebuilt, start moved to current location

Fastest Race Lap

Nigel Mansell (Williams FW14-Renault), 1m19.168, 120.685 mph, F1, 1991

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Riccardo Patrese (Williams FW14-Renault), 1m14.559, 128.146 mph, F1, 1991

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.661 (Miles)

Change

New complex built after the second corner

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.391 (Miles)

Change

Extended to Adelaide hairpin

Fastest Race Lap

Jacques Laffite (Martini MK16-BMW), 1m20.2, 107.327 mph, F2, 1975

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jacques Laffite (Martini MK16-BMW), 1m20.2, 107.327 mph, F2, 1975

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.243 (Miles)

Change

Original circuit

Latest Races

3,223

Championships

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18,319

Results

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17,618

Drivers

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10,878

Teams

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876

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