The Joan of Arc Grand Prix of France

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The Joan of Arc Grand Prix of France

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Disclaimer: This is Part 7 of the series "The best GP introductions in the world. The author takes no responsibility for the relevance of the content regarding the actual GP itself.

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Above is a picture of Joan of Arc clad in armor, after hearing the news that she's next up for a date with @Antonov.

Why is Joan of Arc awesome?

Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc 6 January c. 1412[6] – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Joan of Arc was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée, a peasant family, at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.

On 23 May 1430, she was captured at Compiègne by the Burgundian faction, which was allied with the English. She was later handed over to the English and put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon on a variety of charges. After Cauchon declared her guilty she was burned at the stake on 30 May 1431, dying at about nineteen years of age.

In 1456, an inquisitorial court authorized by Pope Callixtus III examined the trial, debunked the charges against her, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr. In the 16th century she became a symbol of the Catholic League, and in 1803 she was declared a national symbol of France by the decision of Napoleon Bonaparte. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. Joan of Arc is one of the nine secondary patron saints of France, along with Saint Denis, Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Louis, Saint Michael, Saint Rémi, Saint Petronilla, Saint Radegund and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

Joan of Arc has remained a popular figure in literature, painting, sculpture, and other cultural works since the time of her death, and many famous writers, filmmakers and composers have created works about her. Cultural depictions of her have continued in films, theater, television, video games, music, and performances to this day.

Oh cool! What else is France known for?

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Basically.

Paris. Worth a visit?

Hell yes.



But what about the Mongols?

The Mongols never invaded the french heartland. Following the tough winter of 1242 and the death of their leader Ogathai Khan, the Mongols disbanded and retreated back to the steppes from which they came.

Who will wave the checkered flag this time around?

The Scarlet Pimpernel. He's gone missing, though.



What do we drink for the race?

Well, you can't go wrong with champagne, but since we're not exactly expecting this race to be a party, a solid glass of french red wine might be your best bet.

See here for a beginner's guide to french red wines: https://www.winescholarguild.org/blog/t ... guide.html

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Enjoy the hallucinations of Paul Ricard.
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Post by kals » 4 months ago

It’s about time F1 went back to Le Castellet

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Post by John » 4 months ago

kals wrote:
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It’s about time F1 went back to Le Castellet
Beats Magny-Cours. Every day of the week. Wish they'd fix the damn run-offs though.
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kals wrote:
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It’s about time F1 went back to Le Castellet
Beats Magny-Cours. Every day of the week. Wish they'd fix the damn run-offs though.
I liked Magny Cours initially. The 1991 race was fantastic but other than that it was pretty dire (ignoring 1999 obviously).

As for Paul Ricard, yeah the colourful run-off is going to be an eyesore but I'll take it. It's just a shame the cars aren't running the full length back straight.

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kals wrote:
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John wrote:
4 months ago
kals wrote:
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It’s about time F1 went back to Le Castellet
Beats Magny-Cours. Every day of the week. Wish they'd fix the damn run-offs though.
I liked Magny Cours initially. The 1991 race was fantastic but other than that it was pretty dire (ignoring 1999 obviously).

As for Paul Ricard, yeah the colourful run-off is going to be an eyesore but I'll take it. It's just a shame the cars aren't running the full length back straight.
But having a two hour long straight followed by a 90 degree corner is absolutely fine (Baku).
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Post by kals » 4 months ago

John wrote:
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But having a two hour long straight followed by a 90 degree corner is absolutely fine (Baku).
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Post by Antonov » 4 months ago

kals wrote:
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It’s about time F1 went back to Le Castellet
this. And despite the weird coloured lines in the run-offs, the track is essentially still the same.

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Antonov wrote:
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kals wrote:
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It’s about time F1 went back to Le Castellet
this. And despite the weird coloured lines in the run-offs, the track is essentially still the same.
Indeed it is. A few slight changes here and there. Shame also that they aren't using the original turn 1-2 sweeper.


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Post by Vassago » 4 months ago

Astro-turf nightmare. I wonder how many track limit penalties will be imposed here? I expect nothing but the worst race of the season IMO.
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Vassago wrote:
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Astro-turf nightmare. I wonder how many track limit penalties will be imposed here? I expect nothing but the worst race of the season IMO.
Spot on. It'll be damn interesting to see if, and how, the stewards handle this.

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Vassago wrote:
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Astro-turf nightmare. I wonder how many track limit penalties will be imposed here? I expect nothing but the worst race of the season IMO.
How could it be worse than the last three races?

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Post by Antonov » 4 months ago

For me, Paul Ricard is forever associated with this fat start/finish line.

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Wish they kept it.

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Post by Vassago » 4 months ago

Antonov wrote:
4 months ago
Vassago wrote:
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Astro-turf nightmare. I wonder how many track limit penalties will be imposed here? I expect nothing but the worst race of the season IMO.
How could it be worse than the last three races?
This track has no soul. It's an automatic DOA for me.
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Post by erwin greven » 4 months ago

I think this track could be surprisingly good. RBR will do good here. Will be pleased to see the chicane on the Mistral.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 4 months ago

Antonov wrote:
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For me, Paul Ricard is forever associated with this fat start/finish line.

Wish they kept it.
That was nothing unusual.... In the early sixties even Monaco was three wide (3-2-3). Some tracks like Argentina and Silverstone were 4 wide. (4-3-4)

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