Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
LocationMagny-Cours, France
Time zoneGMT +1 (DST: +2)
Major eventsF1, GP2, SBK, WTCC
Circuit Length4.411 kilometres (2.74 miles)
Turns17
Lap Record1'15.377 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)


Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is a motor racing circuit located in France, near the towns of Magny-Cours and Nevers. It is most famous for staging the Formula One French Grand Prix, which has been held here since 1991. On 31 May, Bernie Ecclestone initially confirmed that the 2007 French Grand Prix would be the last to be held at Magny Cours [1], though the release of the 2008 race calendar has confirmed that 2008 French Grand Prix will take place at Magny-Cours. However, the long term future of the circuit is unconfirmed, as Ecclestone has speculated that the return may only be temporary, until another venue can be found [2].

History

Usually dubbed Magny-Cours, it was built in 1960 by Jean Bernigaud and was home to a racing school, which provided such notable drivers as François Cevert and Jacques Laffite. However, come the 1980s, the track was in a very bad shape and it wasn't until the Regional Conseil de la Nièvre bought the track, that international motor racing started to return.

In the 1990s the Ligier (and, after Ligier was bought, Prost) Formula One team was based at the circuit and did much of its testing at Magny-Cours.

The track nowadays is a modern, smooth circuit with good facilities for the spectators. Most corners are named after other racing circuits, e.g. the fast Estoril corner and the Adelaide hairpin. It is a flat circuit, with negligible change in elevation.

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The circuit features several high-speed chicanes with prominent kerbs, such as the Imola chicane.


The circuit doesn't provide a lot of overtaking opportunities, which means the races here are commonly regarded as quite uneventful, with the exception of the recent races in which it rained. Most notable of these races was the 1999 race, which was interrupted by a downpour. After a restart, most top contenders developed problems, which paved the way for Heinz-Harald Frentzen to claim a surprising victory in his Jordan.

For the 2003 event, the final corner and chicane were changed in an effort to increase overtaking, with little effect. This did, however, change the approach to strategy at this circuit as it made the pitlane much shorter. Because less time was lost making a pit stop, Michael Schumacher was able to win the 2004 French Grand Prix using an unprecedented four-stop strategy.

In 2006, the circuit was the scene of more Formula One history, when Michael Schumacher became the first driver ever to win any single Grand Prix a total of 8 times and at the same circuit.

The 2007 race was to mark the last French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, as the French Grand Prix had been indefinitely suspended from the Formula One calendar.

Bernie Ecclestone originally confirmed that F1 would not return to Magny-Cours in 2008, instead moving to an alternative location possibly in Paris. He has since stated that the future of the Magny-Cours circuit is still in negotiations, and that "We're going to maybe resurrect it for a year, or something like that".[3] The FIA has subsequently confirmed that the 2008 French Grand Prix will take place at Magny-Cours with the release of the official calendar on July 27 2007.[4]

Past Winners

Formula One

Year Driver Constructor Report
2007 Kimi RäikkönenFerrariReport
2006 Michael SchumacherFerrariReport
2005 Fernando AlonsoRenaultReport
2004 Michael SchumacherFerrariReport
2003 Ralf SchumacherWilliams-BMWReport
2002 Michael SchumacherFerrariReport
2001 Michael SchumacherFerrariReport
2000David CoulthardMcLaren-MercedesReport
1999 Heinz-Harald FrentzenJordan-Mugen HondaReport
1998 Michael SchumacherFerrariReport
1997 Michael SchumacherFerrariReport
1996Damon HillWilliams-RenaultReport
1995 Michael SchumacherBenetton-RenaultReport
1994 Michael SchumacherBenetton-FordReport
1993 Alain ProstWilliams-RenaultReport
1992Nigel MansellWilliams-RenaultReport
1991Nigel MansellWilliams-RenaultReport

World Touring Car Championship

Year Race Driver Team Report
2005 1 Jörg MüllerBMW Team GermanyReport
2 Jörg MüllerBMW Team Germany
2006 1 Dirk MüllerBMW Team GermanyReport
2Andy PriaulxBMW Team UK

References

1. ^ ITV-F1.com Ecclestone Confirms Magny Cours Departure
2. ^ ITV-F1.com Magny-Cours set for reprieve
3. ^ ITV-F1.com Magny-Cours set for reprieve
4. ^ "FIA reveals 18-race calendar for 2008", formula1.com, 2007-07-27. Retrieved on 2007-07-27. 

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Place de la République in Nevers


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Longitude 03° 09' 26" E
Latitude 46° 59' 36" N

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Longitude 3.1505
Latitude 46.88527

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