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Circuit Paul Ricard’s ‘Blue Zone’ is designed for stopping F1 cars quickly

Circuit Paul Ricard is characterised by its long Mistral straight (1.8 km, 1.1 mi) and  offers 167 possible configurations from 0.826 km (0.513 mi) to the full 5.861 km (3.642 mi). Its flexibility and mild winter weather mean that it is used for testing by several motorsport teams – including Formula One teams.

The F1 track is also known for its distinctive black and blue run-off areas known as the Blue Zone. The runoff surface consists of a mixture of asphalt and tungsten, used instead of gravel traps, as common at other circuits. A second, deeper run-off area is the Red Zone, with a more abrasive surface designed to maximize tyre grip and hence minimize braking distance, although at the cost of extreme tyre wear. The final safeguard consists of Tecpro barriers, a modern improvement on tyre barriers.

As a result, you have art painted on the circuit.