After eight years of trying and countless failed attempts from various circuits across the country, France has finally reclaimed its grand prix.
It's a good thing for Formula 1, especially in an era in which heartland races have dropped off the calendar in favour of multi-million pound state-of-the-art venues, many of which lack character. But has it chosen the right track for its French return?
My initial feeling was no. Paul Ricard is an impressive facility that ticks all the boxes when it comes to track management. It leads the way on safety, with its large asphalt run-off areas and use of TecPro barriers.