One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural Grands Prix
1Any of a series of motor-racing or motorcycling contests forming part of a world championship series, held in various countries under international rules.
- ‘It was really good to test on a Grand Prix circuit and to finish off our winter programme.’
- ‘This year's race will be the 36th Canadian Grand Prix and the 26th time Montreal has staged the event.’
- ‘Three European Grands Prix have also been staged in England, at Brands Hatch in 1983 and 1985, and at Donington Park in 1993.’
- ‘The mechanics did a superb job in repairing the car overnight, allowing Pedro to continue the next day and achieving almost a Grand Prix distance with the car.’
- ‘Earlier in 2001, in Brazil, the Schumachers also made history by becoming the first pair of brothers to qualify on the front row for a Grand Prix.’
- ‘Apparently, the US corporate media's only interest in Bahrain is the preparations for a Grand Prix motor race to be held there on April 3.’
- ‘He is also the first American driver to get into a F1 car during a Grand Prix weekend since 1993.’
- ‘Yesterday, for the second time in a week, I found myself crammed behind rows of spectators just off Regent Street straining for the occasional view of a Grand Prix racing car.’
- ‘Being part of the Young Driver Programme has been a great opportunity to get behind the scenes in Formula One and understand exactly what it takes to be a Grand Prix driver, because there's no other formula quite like it.’
- ‘It's quite some thought to imagine a Grand Prix taking place round the streets of London.’
- ‘The rules permit teams that finished fifth or lower in the previous year's Constructors Championship to run a third car and driver in the two Friday practice sessions of a Grand Prix.’
- ‘Without a doubt, it would be one of the best possible races to win a Grand Prix.’
- ‘The use of a chicane is a well-established method of reducing speed during a Grand Prix, familiar to drivers.’
- ‘It was superb meeting a Grand Prix winner like Fernando and I enjoyed being allowed inside the pit garages with the team at work.’
- ‘Jarno is the only man other than Michael Schumacher to have won a Grand Prix this season.’
- ‘We had signals during testing prior to the race that this Grand Prix could be a good one, but to be in contention for the win during the race was very nice indeed!’
- ‘The Renault driver, Alonso, became the youngest ever driver to take pole position for a Grand Prix.’
- ‘Each year Mobil intends to send two of its outstanding team members for a Grand Prix abroad.’
- ‘In general, the cars performed better in this Grand Prix, so the latest car developments have demonstrably improved our performance.’
- ‘If you test prior to a Grand Prix and you truly believe that you have an even chance of the development working on the car, you would manufacture in sufficient quantities to be able to immediately introduce it to that race.’
- 1.1 An international horse race for three-year-olds, founded in 1863 and run annually in June at Longchamps, Paris.
- 1.2 An important competitive event in various other sports.
- ‘Every nation sees how a region within a country can benefit economically from staging a major event such as a Grand Prix that is televised in 202 countries, that flashes them on to the screens of the world to 360 million people.’
- ‘I have never started a Grand Prix season so well.’
- ‘I know mistakes happen but not like this in a Grand Prix semi-final.’
- ‘No, I never won a Grand Prix and I didn't win the world championship.’
- ‘Realistically, I've got to win the B final to go straight through and that's better than I've done so far in a Grand Prix.’
- ‘In the Olympics the first round is a Grand Prix test, which also doubles as the team competition.’
- ‘Surely this country could try and get a Grand Prix Athletics meeting?’
- ‘The Swiss Cup, in recent years a Grand Prix tournament for event finals only, reverted to its previous format of mixed-pairs competition.’
- ‘Afterwards we find that the system will be used next season not in a test, but as the actual scoring system from some Grand Prix events.’
- ‘Now their goals are to get a Grand Prix assignment and to compete at the senior level for Canada one day.’
- ‘Stuttgart would be the first appearance in a Grand Prix, or World Cup series, event for both Vise and Memmel.’
- ‘They are both scheduled to participate in the Berlin World Cup, a Grand Prix event taking place today and tomorrow.’
- ‘But this is why I think people expect more - the word ‘Olympian’ has some moral connotations as opposed to just someone who's won a Grand Prix in another event.’
- ‘Competing in a Grand Prix event in Athens, the Caribbean sprinter clocked 9.77 seconds, to break the existing record of 9.78 set by American Tim Montgomery.’
- ‘Following some impressive early season performances in Mexico and Germany, Gillian's form slumped quite dramatically and she withdrew from a Grand Prix event in La Coruna after receiving two red cards.’
- ‘The Olympic silver medallist competed at a Grand Prix meeting in Zagreb last night and successfully came through his two races.’
Mid 19th century: French, literally ‘great or chief prize’.
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