I do not wish to undermine the official French GP thread, but, as a student of motor racing history, I thought I might mention a few interesting historical links relating to the race this year.
100 years ago, what is now the French GP was the GP de l'ACF, the ACF being the French car club. In fact, in some years, there was both an official ACF Grand Prix and a "GP de France". It was the second post-WWI French GP, and 1922 was only the second year in which another country hosted a Grand Prix (this being Italy, whose race that year was held on a newly-constructed track called...Monza. )
Anyway, back to France. That year's GP was held on a triangular road course just west of Strasbourg. It was to run over 60 laps over an 8.55 mile (13.38 km) course, but, owing to the slow top speed of cars that year (thanks to a reduction in capacity limit from 3 litres to 2) the winner took over 6 hours to complete the race. The first link to this year's race is that 1922 marked the first international appearance of Aston Martin, who entered two cars. Sadly, due to confusion regarding the rules, their cars only had 1.5 litre engines and so were outclassed. The second point of note is that this race was the first time that the GP de l'ACF had featured a massed start. Previously, all GPs were time trials like the Isle of Man TT, with cars setting-off singly or in pairs. Following Indianapolis practice, the ACF decided on a rolling start, but, unusually, behind a motorcycle that was swamped by the first 2 rows of cars before getting to the line!
Edited by cpbell, 17 July 2022 - 11:31.