Pacific Grand Prix

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Flag of China svg.png Pacific Grand Prix
Flag of China svg.png Pearl River Racing Course
Okayama.png
Formula One
Race Statistics
Number of times held 7
First held 1990
Last held 2021
Number of venues 3
Most wins (drivers) Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost (1)
Most wins (constructor) Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams (1)
Laps


The Pacific Grand Prix was a race on the Formula One calendar, held for it's entirety in Japan. It was first held in 1990 in order to give the newly constructed Autopolis circuit in Ōita Prefecture, Japan a Formula One event. The first running of the race was well received by fans internationally and domestic as it proved to be an economic and sporting success. However, the remote location of the venue and the poor access by road soon detracted from the event, and by late 1992 arrangements were being made to move the event to a new venue. TI Circuit Aida, now know as Okayama International Circuit due to it's location in Okayama Prefecture, was selected as the replacement venue for the event with a contract to host the Pacific Grand Prix from 1994 onwards. Despite better access TI Circuit Aida was not well-received by fans, leading to the event organisers severing their contract with TI Circuit Aida for 1996. The event would be cancelled altogether after public interest in a second race in Japan dwindled.

Both Autopolis and Okayama International Circuit would go on to host the Japanese Grand Prix in the 2010s.

In 2019, due to the booming Chinese economy, then-FOM chairman Achille Lunardi lobbied to have a second race in China, at the new Pearl River Racing Course, set around a large shopping centre complex, originally for 2020, but as the track was not ready in time for the new season, this was pushed back to 2021, and the Pacific Grand Prix name was revived for the first time in over 25 years.

Previous Winners

By Year

Year Driver Constructor Entrant Venue
2021 Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of China svg.png Pearl River Racing Course
1996-2020 not held
1995 Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Japan svg.png TI Circuit Aida
1994 Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown
1993 Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Japan svg.png Autopolis
1992 Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown Flag of Unknown svg.png Unknown
1991 Flag of the United States svg.png Brendon Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Honda Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Honda Marlboro McLaren
1990 Flag of France svg.png Alain Prost Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Canon Williams Renault Team