Renault has revealed that it will carry out an extensive demonstration programme ahead of the return of its home Formula 1 Grand Prix later this year.
The French Grand Prix will be held at Paul Ricard in June, ending a decade-long absence, and marking the circuit’s return to the calendar for the first time since 1990.
Renault conducted a demonstration run in Nice last month and announced on Friday that eight events will be held during a 10-day period in May.
Renault will run its 2012-spec E20, along with the RS.01 GT sportscar, in several towns across the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in which Paul Ricard is situated.
1 May: Chateaurenard
2 May: Miramas
4 May: Aubagne
5 May: Toulon
6 May: Le Lavandou
8 May: Saint-Raphaël
9 May: Apt
10 May: Roquebillière
“This is the first time such an ambitious programme has ever been organised to bring the general public closer to Formula 1,” said Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul.
“We are proud that Renault, along with the region, is involved in this unique activity, which underscores all our central values.”
Driver meet-and-greets, pit stop challenges, and driving simulators will also be available as part of the activities.
The French Grand Prix will be held on June 24, with an F1 fan festival planned for nearby Marseille as part of the event's build-up.