Charade Circuit layout & records

Charade Circuit Details
Location: Ain-Diab circuit layout Morocco Clermont-Ferrand,, France
Event: French Grand Prix
Used: 1955-1972
Type: Street Circuit
 Lap Dist.: 8.055 km
Charade Circuit Lap Record
Lap Record: 2:53.9 min
Date: 2 July 1972
F1 Driver: Chris Amon
F1 Car: Matra-Simca MS120D
Speed: 166.751 km/h
Onboard Lap F1 Video

Ain-Diab Street Circuit

Charade Street Circuit Layout

Charade circuit layout Clermont-Ferrand

 

History

Charade Circuit History


Host of the French GP on four occassions, the Circuit Louis Rosier - better known as Clermont-Ferrand - twisted and turned around the side of two extinct volcanos over its five mile length. A trio of champions, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt and Jackie Stewart (twice), were the victors of the GPs, although the ever-unlucky Chris Amon was denied the win in 1972 by a puncture, having dominated the meeting in his Matra.

It certainly brought out the best in the bravest of drivers - Denny Hulme commenting once that many drivers wore open-face helmets so they could throw up more easily as they went down the left-right-left hills - but in truth Clermont-Ferrand was never likely to survive as a venue for the French GP for long. The world's most complete and modern circuit sprang up at Paul Ricard in 1971 and the French GP moved away, never to return.

This is also the circuit were Helmut Marko lost his left eye when it got hit by a stone flying from the tyre of Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus that penetrated the helmet visor of Marko.

Clermont-Ferrand soldiered on, continuing to host races for the Trophées d'Auverne until 1988, when it closed for the construction of a new, smaller circuit utilising the lower sections only. This became known as Charade - although its official title is Circuit de Montagne d'Auvergne - and has hosted French championship races ever since on its still challenging layout.

Driver Ranking

 

Driver Ranking Charade Street Circuit

Driver GP   1st   2nd   3rd   Pod   Pole   FL   Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 4 2 1 0 3 1 1 2.5 3.3 24
2 United Kingdom Jim Clark 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 9
3 Austria Jochen Rindt 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 7.0 9.7 9
4 New Zealand Chris Amon 4 0 1 1 2 1 1 4.5 6.8 10
5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 8.0 2.0 6
6 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 10.3 10.0 6
7 United Kingdom John Surtees 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4.0 3.0 4
8 Australia Jack Brabham 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 5.0 3.0 4
9 Belgium Jacky Ickx 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 3.0 10.7 4
10 New Zealand Denny Hulme 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.3 5.8 6
11 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 7.0 3
12 France François Cevert 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 7.5 3
13 United Kingdom Graham Hill 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.3 7.8 3
14 United Kingdom Vic Elford 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 5.0 2
15 France Henri Pescarolo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 5.0 2
16 Sweden Ronnie Peterson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 11.0 2
17 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 6.0 1
18 United States Dan Gurney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 10.0 1
19 Switzerland Jo Siffert 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 10.3 1
20 Argentina Carlos Reutemann 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.0 12.0 0
21 Austria Helmut Marko 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 23.0 0
22 Italy Ignazio Giunti 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 14.0 0
23 United States Ronnie Bucknum 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.0 16.0 0
24 United Kingdom Piers Courage 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 12.0 0
25 Australia David Walker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22.0 18.0 0
26 United Kingdom Bob Anderson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 9.0 0
27 Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 8.0 0
28 Sweden Reine Wisell 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 21.0 0
29 Canada George Eaton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 12.0 0
30 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 20.0 0
31 United Kingdom Innes Ireland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.0 13.0 0
32 Italy Nanni Galli 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 13.0 0
33 Austria Niki Lauda 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21.0 24.0 0
34 United Kingdom Mike Spence 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 7.0 0
35 United Kingdom Mike Beuttler 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 23.0 19.0 0
36 United Kingdom Brian Redman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 9.0 0
37 Brazil Carlos Pace 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 22.0 0
38 United States Richie Ginther 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 15.0 0
39 Switzerland Silvio Moser 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 7.0 0
40 Australia Tim Schenken 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 17.0 0
41 Italy Lorenzo Bandini 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 8.0 0
42 France Patrick Depailler 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.0 20.0 0
43 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 19.0 0
44 Sweden Jo Bonnier 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 11.0 0
45 Germany Rolf Stommelen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.5 11.5 0
46 Italy Andrea de Adamich 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.5 14.5 0
47 United Kingdom John Miles 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 10.5 0

Team Ranking

 

Team Ranking Charade Street Circuit

Team GP   1st   2nd   3rd   Pod   Pole   FL   Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 United Kingdom Team Lotus 0 2 1 0 3 1 1 10.9 8.5 25
2 France Matra 0 1 1 1 3 2 2 3.4 4.8 21
3 United Kingdom Tyrrell 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 8.7 8.3 12
4 United Kingdom BRM 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 13.0 14.6 8
5 United Kingdom March 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 12.4 14.1 8
6 United Kingdom Brabham 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 11.5 8.2 12
7 Italy Ferrari 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 6.9 11.0 4
8 United Kingdom McLaren 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.1 7.3 9
9 United Kingdom Surtees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 12.3 1
10 Japan Honda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.5 15.5 0
11 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.5 13.5 0

 

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