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Magny Cours was the home of a whole generation of French
motor racing stars in the 1970s. A race school was established in 1963
and famous graduates included Francois Cevert, Patrick Depailler,
Jean-Pierre Jarier and Jacques Laffite. The track hosted rounds of the
European F3 championship but it was not until former President Francois
Mitterand decided to invest in the flagging economy of the area, that
Magny Cours was seriously considered for Formula One. A new motorway was
built to link the track to the existing autoroutes and a huge industrial
park was built to attract France's best racing teams. The track layout
remained the same but the corners were all changed, the track retaining
its dual layout but now comprising a length of 4.26 kilometres (2.65
miles). In 1991 the French grand Prix came to Magny Cours and it has
remained there ever since.