Charade Circuit layout & records

Charade Circuit Details

Location:Ain-Diab circuit layout Morocco Clermont-Ferrand,, France
Event:French Grand Prix
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

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Charade Circuit layout & recordsAin-Diab Street Circuit

Charade Street Circuit Layout

Charade circuit layout Clermont-Ferrand



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

DriverGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1United Kingdom Jackie Stewart42103112.53.324
2United Kingdom Jim Clark11001111.01.09
3Austria Jochen Rindt31001007.09.79
4New Zealand Chris Amon40112114.56.810
5Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi10101008.02.06
6France Jean-Pierre Beltoise301010010.310.06
7United Kingdom John Surtees10011004.03.04
8Australia Jack Brabham10011015.03.04
9Belgium Jacky Ickx30011103.010.74
10New Zealand Denny Hulme40000004.35.86
11New Zealand Bruce McLaren20000008.07.03
12France François Cevert200000010.07.53
13United Kingdom Graham Hill400000015.37.83
14United Kingdom Vic Elford100000010.05.02
15France Henri Pescarolo10000008.05.02
16Sweden Ronnie Peterson20000009.011.02
17United Kingdom Mike Hailwood100000010.06.01
18United States Dan Gurney200000011.010.01
19Switzerland Jo Siffert300000013.010.31
20Austria Helmut Marko10000006.023.00
21Italy Ignazio Giunti100000011.014.00
22United States Ronnie Bucknum100000016.016.00
23Argentina Carlos Reutemann100000017.012.00
24United Kingdom Bob Anderson100000015.09.00
25United Kingdom Piers Courage100000011.012.00
26Australia David Walker100000022.018.00
27Sweden Reine Wisell100000018.021.00
28Canada George Eaton100000019.012.00
29United Kingdom Jackie Oliver100000012.020.00
30United Kingdom Innes Ireland100000017.013.00
31Brazil Wilson Fittipaldi100000014.08.00
32Austria Niki Lauda100000021.024.00
33United Kingdom Mike Spence100000010.07.00
34Italy Nanni Galli100000019.013.00
35United Kingdom Mike Beuttler100000023.019.00
36Brazil Carlos Pace100000011.022.00
37United States Richie Ginther10000007.015.00
38United Kingdom Brian Redman100000013.09.00
39Italy Lorenzo Bandini10000003.08.00
40Switzerland Silvio Moser100000013.07.00
41Australia Tim Schenken10000005.017.00
42France Patrick Depailler100000016.020.00
43Mexico Pedro Rodríguez100000010.019.00
44Sweden Jo Bonnier100000011.011.00
45Italy Andrea de Adamich200000013.514.50
46Germany Rolf Stommelen200000014.511.50
47United Kingdom John Miles200000015.010.50

Team Ranking


Team Ranking Charade Street Circuit

TeamGP  1st  2nd  3rd  Pod  Pole  FL  Avg GridAvg PosPoints
1United Kingdom Team Lotus421031110.98.525
2France Matra31113223.44.821
3United Kingdom Tyrrell11001008.78.312
4United Kingdom March201010012.414.18
5United Kingdom BRM301010013.014.68
6United Kingdom Brabham400220111.58.212
7Italy Ferrari40011106.911.04
8United Kingdom McLaren30000009.17.39
9United Kingdom Surtees10000009.012.31
10United Kingdom Cooper-Climax100000010.513.50
11Japan Honda100000011.515.50


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