French Grand Prix – Eric Boullier, in his role as advisor and ambassador for the French GP, has said traffic shouldn’t be an issue at this year’s race at Paul Ricard.
Formula 1’s return to the French circuit of Paul Ricard last year was problematic, in terms of access, logistics and traffic management. With access roads reaching congestion point quite early on each day, many spectators were left fuming sitting in traffic as track action began. Some even gave up, due to the lengthy delays.
As a result, a considered approach was taken for this year’s race, with organisers hiring former McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier as an advisor. The Frenchman explained to Formula1.com that the woes of last year, shouldn’t happen this year.
“The approach to traffic management was very analytical. We sat down with the local authorities and the police to work out a plan. We have now support in place, such as the deal with Waze (live traffic app), better signage and park and ride schemes.
“The aim has been to reduce the number of cars on the road but also control the flow. Car parks are free now, so you don’t have to come in from Marseilles, for example, and cross the track to get to the other side to park, therefore creating traffic. You can use any. We are managing the roads differently, too, multiplying the traffic flow capacity by three. All these things make us 100 percent comfortable we will be better off this year.”
The French Grand Prix takes place on the 23rd of June, marking the first double header of the season as the Austrian Grand Prix takes place the following Sunday.