KartCMP1: French Grand Prix pre-race notes

french grand prix

The 2021 Formula 1 season heads to Le Castellet for the French Grand Prix with championship rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton looking to put their zero point scores in Baku behind them.

Here’s what’s happening ahead of Round 7:

Race Information

2021 French Grand Prix, Circuit Paul Ricard

  • Date: 18 – 06 June 2021
  • Circuit Length: 5.842km
  • Race Distance: 309.626 km
  • Number of laps: 53
  • Official Lap Record: 1:32.740 – Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2019
  • Turns: 15 (6 left, 9 right)
  • DRS Zones: 2
  • Tyre Compounds: C2-Hard | C3-Medium | C4-Soft [Mid-Range]

Top Stories

  • Sun, clouds and 28⁰C, warm weather this weekend, fingers crossed for a mid-race shower
  • Esteban Ocon signs three year deal with Alpine F1 Team
  • Grosjean’s Mercedes test set for this weekend cancelled due to travel restrictions
  • Kevin Magnussen subbing for Felix Rosenqvist at Road America with McLaren SP
  • Pirelli conclude tire failure investigation as FIA issue teams new technical directive
  • Roy Nissany in for George Russell, FP1 at Williams
  • Rumours swirling of a George Russell/Valtteri Bottas driver swap gaining traction
  • Haas openly seeking an American driver
  • Pretty in Pink, BWT sign on as title sponsor for the Austrian and Styrian GP
  • Jost Capito appointed Williams Team Manager as Simon Roberts steps down

Top Quotes

  • Press Release [Pirelli] “The causes of the two left-rear tyre failures on the Aston Martin and Red Bull cars have been clearly identified. In each case, this was down to a circumferential break on the inner sidewall, which can be related to the running conditions of the tyre, in spite of the prescribed starting parameters (minimum pressure and maximum blanket temperature) having been followed.”
  • Toto Wolff [Mercedes] “The French Grand Prix means returning to a more traditional circuit and hopefully, better fortunes for us. It is a track we’ve gone well at in the past and, with a wide range of corner speeds that will test the car in every aspect, it’s an interesting challenge for us to tackle.”
  • Sebastian Vettel [Aston Martin] “We’ve brought home a decent points haul in Monaco and Azerbaijan, and we need to keep up the consistent form in what is proving to be an extremely close midfield battle this year.”
  • Gerhard Berger [Ex-F1 Driver] “When it comes to raw talent, Max Verstappen is probably the most talented of all. But it’s not just about raw talent, it’s about the whole package.”
  • Daniel Ricciardo [McLaren] “I’ve been here before, whether it’s to this level, or not, whether it was in F1 or not. Naturally you always have these highs and lows. I fall out of love with the sport at least once a year! It’s always done this and it will probably keep doing that.”

Memorable French Grand Prix Moments

  • Ricciardo: “Grosjean? I didn’t even know I was racing Grosjean” | 2019
  • Kimi Raikkonen’s “exhausting” race | 2008
  • Jos Verstappen | Minardi – Friday pole position | 2003
  • Michael Schumacher secures fifth championship | 2002
  • David Coulthard one finger salute | 2000
  • Heinz-Harald Frentzen | Jordon – wins in the wet | 1999
  • Nigel Mansell finishes second in a backup car, Jean Alesi fourth on F1 debut | 1989
  • Alain Prost v. Ayrton Senna 1988
  • Elio de Angelis sadly lost while testing with Brabham | 1986
  • Gilles Villenueve v. Rene Arnoux | 1979

Race Stewards

  • Tim Mayer | FIA Steward
  • Eric Barrabino | F1, Formula E, and WRC Steward
  • Yannick Dalmas | Retired Sportscar Driver
  • Jean-Marie Krempff | National Steward

2019 French Grand Prix Results

  1. Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 1:24:31.198
  2. Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | +18.056
  3. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +18.985
  4. Max Verstappen | Red Bull Racing Honda | +34.905
  5. Sebastian Vettel | Ferrari | +62.796
  6. Carlos Sainz | McLaren Renault | +95.462
  7. Kimi Raikkonen | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  8. Nico Hulkenberg | Renault | +1 Lap
  9. Lando Norris | McLaren Renault | +1 Lap
  10. Pierre Gasly | Red Bull Racing Honda | +1 Lap
  11. Daniel Ricciardo | Renault | +1 Lap
  12. Sergio Perez | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 Lap
  13. Lance Stroll | Racing Point Mercedes | +1 Lap
  14. Daniil Kvyat | Toro Rosso Honda | +1 Lap
  15. Alexander Albon | Toro Rosso Honda | +1 Lap
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | +1 Lap
  17. Kevin Magnussen | Haas Ferrari | +1 Lap
  18. Robert Kubica | Williams Mercedes | +2 Laps
  19. George Russell | Williams Mercedes | +2 Lap
  20. Romain Grosjean | Haas Ferrari | DNF

French Grand Prix Previous Five Winners

  • 2019 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | Paul Ricard
  • 2018 Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | Paul Ricard
  • 2008 Felipe Massa | Ferrari | Magny-Cours
  • 2007 Kimi Raikkonen | Ferrari | Magny-Cours
  • 2006 Michael Schumacher | Ferrari | Magny-Cours

Previously in F1: 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Top Five

  1. Sergio Perez | Red Bull Honda | 2:13:36.410
  2. Sebastian Vettel | Aston Martin Mercedes | +1.385
  3. Pierre Gasly | AlphaTauri Honda | +2.762
  4. Charles Leclerc | Ferrari | +3.828
  5. Lando Norris | McLaren Mercedes | +4.754

Best Driver

  • Max Verstappen

Best Team

  • Red Bull

“UH-OH”s

  • Pirelli F1
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Nikita Mazepin

“Way To Go”s

  • Max Verstappen
  • Sergio Perez
  • Sebastian Vettel

2021 Drivers’ Championship Standings

  1. 105 | Max Verstappen
  2. 101 | Lewis Hamilton | -4
  3. 69 | Sergio Perez | -36
  4. 66 | Lando Norris | -39
  5. 52 | Charles Leclerc | -53
  6. 47 | Valtteri Bottas | -58
  7. 42 | Carlos Sainz | -63
  8. 31 | Pierre Gasly | -74
  9. 28 | Sebastian Vettel | -77
  10. 26 | Daniel Ricciardo | -79
  11. 13 | Fernando Alonso | -92
  12. 12 | Esteban Ocon | -93
  13. 9 | Lance Stroll | -96
  14. 8 | Yuki Tsunoda | -97
  15. 1 | Kimi Raikkonen | -104
  16. 1 | Antonio Giovinazzi | -104
  17. 0 | Mick Schumacher | -105
  18. 0 | Nikita Mazepin | -105
  19.  0 | George Russell | -105
  20. 0 | Nicholas Latifi  | -105

2021 Constructors’ Championship Standings

  1. 174 | Red Bull Honda
  2. 148 | Mercedes | -26
  3. 94 | Ferrari | -80
  4. 92 | McLaren Mercedes | -82
  5. 39 | AlphaTauri Honda | -135
  6. 37 | Aston Martin Mercedes | -137
  7.  25 | Alpine | -149
  8. 2  | Alfa Romeo Ferrari | -172
  9. 0  | Williams Mercedes | -174
  10. 0  | Haas Ferrari | -174