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Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
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Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
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Charles Leclerc Ferrari
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Max Verstappen Red Bull
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As it happened: 2019 French Grand Prix

(From L) Ferraris Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, Mercedes Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton steer their cars during the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital Manama, on March 31, 2019. Image: AFP /  Andrej Isakovic
(From L) Ferraris Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, Mercedes Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton steer their cars during the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital Manama, on March 31, 2019. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic
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23 Jun 2019

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Paul Richard circuit to grab yet another Mercedes one-two victory.
Lewis Hamilton dominated the Paul Richard circuit to grab yet another Mercedes one-two victory.
Hamilton dominates French GP, extends Mercedes' unbeaten run to 10 races

23 Jun 2019

Thanks for joining us for the French Grand Prix. We'll return for the 2019 Austrian GP from June 28 - 30.

23 Jun 2019

Outstanding race by rookie Charles LeClerc

23 Jun 2019

And he's done it - Hamilton completes a very good race with a dominating victory in France

23 Jun 2019

Ferrari will be praising LeClerc for a fantastic drive as the rookie looks set to grab a podium spot.

23 Jun 2019

Final laps and its Hamilton has been unchallenged throughout.

23 Jun 2019

Marshals running across the circuit to clear the track

23 Jun 2019

Virtual safety car

23 Jun 2019

The gap between Hamilton and Bottas is incredible - 15 seconds.

23 Jun 2019

As we enter the final laps Hamiton is still far ahead of his team mate and rivals...

23 Jun 2019

44/53 - Hamilton, Bottas, LeClerc - Very comfortable race for Hamilton as he looks set to extend his championship lead even further.

23 Jun 2019

40/53 - 13 laps to go and Hamilton, 12s clear of team mate Bottas, looks set to win in France. LeClerc, who has had a great race so far, could grab the third place spot if he can hold off challenger Verstappen. Vettel has been unable to overtake Verstappen in 5th. Overall, it has been another one-sided affair with Mercedes dominating the circuit. 

23 Jun 2019

Ferrari's LeClerc has done a great job to hold onto 3rd place, podium in sight?

23 Jun 2019

30/53 - It's a been yet another Mercedes show so far this race as Hamilton and Bottas look set to secure yet another one-two victory, and quite comfortably at that. Hamilton also set the fastest lap on 1:34:319. Ferrari has had mixed fortunes as LeClerc holds onto 3rd place followed by Vettel who moved from 7th to 4th. Red Bull's Verstappen still chasing the Ferraris after dropping from 4th to 5th. 

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton dominating in France - 11s ahead of team mate Bottas.

23 Jun 2019

Mercedes are far ahead, not really concerned by rivals headed into the pits 

23 Jun 2019

Verstappen unhappy with his throttle

23 Jun 2019

With pit stops Vettel now in 3rd followed by LeClerc and Verstappen.

23 Jun 2019

Lap 20/53 - Hamilton and Bottas still leading from the front. LeClerc has done well to maintain 3rd place, doggedly chased by Verstappen throughout the race. Vettel moved from 7th to 5th though is still trailing Verstappen.

23 Jun 2019

At the rear - 8 Gasly, 9 Ricciardo, 10 Raikkonen,  11 Hulkenberg

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton still dominating at the front - 2.3s ahead of Bottas, 4.9s in front of LeClerc.

23 Jun 2019

The gap between Verstappen and Vettel has been consistent since Vettel passed Sainz.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:32.764
1:24:31.198
1
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:34.332
18.056
1
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:34.359
18.985
1
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:35.963
34.905
1
5
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:32.740
62.796
2
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:36.780
95.462
1
7
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:37.044
1 LAP
1
8
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:36.979
1 LAP
1
9
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:40.730
1 LAP
1
10
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:36.196
1 LAP
1
11
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:36.867
1 LAP
1
12
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:37.155
1 LAP
1
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:35.229
1 LAP
1
14
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:35.654
1 LAP
1
15
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:35.491
1 LAP
1
16
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:35.326
1 LAP
2
17
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:38.367
1 LAP
1
18
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:37.589
2 LAPS
1
19
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:35.830
2 LAPS
2
R
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
RETIRED
2

23 Jun 2019

You may or may not be pleased to hear that there's another race next weekend. We can't promise that the Austrian Grand Prix will be any better, but it's hard to imagine how it could be any worse. Cross your fingers all week and join us there.

23 Jun 2019

Well, it was a race of few talking points to say the least: Lewis Hamilton increased his lead in the standings and looks near unbeatable right now, while McLaren and Renault seem to have established themselves as the best of the best. Also, a mention for Robert Kubica who's finally beaten his team-mate!

23 Jun 2019

The remaining order is: GAS, PER, STR, KVY, ALB, GIO, MAG, KUB, RUS, GRO (Retired)

23 Jun 2019

The Finn and the Brit finish P8 and P10 respectively, split by Hulkenberg.

23 Jun 2019

P6 goes to Sainz who drove an impressive race, while Ricciardo is P7 as it stands, but is under investigation for his final lap moves on Norris and Raikkonen.

23 Jun 2019

Verstappen comfortably takes P4, ahead of Vettel who did manage to set fastest lap.

23 Jun 2019

Bottas just about holds onto P2, with Leclerc just behind.

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton wins the French Grand Prix!

23 Jun 2019

Norris loses out to Ricciardo! And Raikkonen! And Hulkenberg! Poor guy...

23 Jun 2019

Leclerc 1.2 seconds behind Bottas. Come on Charles, go for it please.

23 Jun 2019

Vettel pits to go for the extra point.

23 Jun 2019

Ricciardo half a second off Norris now.

23 Jun 2019

WE HAVE A BOLLARD ON TRACK! Exciting stuff, right guys? Guys?

23 Jun 2019

Hulkneberg meanwhile is all over the back of Raikkonen and fighting to get P9. A big few laps for Renault.

23 Jun 2019

The issues are building up for Norris, and he's now a sitting duck for Ricciardo.

23 Jun 2019

Things get better and better for Haas, as they're forced to retire Grosjean's car.

23 Jun 2019

With a 50 second gap behind him, Vettel is presumably going to pit and take home the extra point for fastest lap.

23 Jun 2019

Norris having some considerable hydraulic issues with his car...

23 Jun 2019

Leclerc sets the fastest lap and closes the gap ahead by 0.5 seconds.

23 Jun 2019

Gasly is now in P12, behind Raikkonen and Hulkenberg who have both pitted. Red Bull must be ruing the decision to give him a seat over Sainz, who is in P7.

23 Jun 2019

Hamiltion whinging about tyres that are absolutely fine, who had that on the bingo card?

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton facing a real battle for the win here - he's *only* 11.7 seconds clear.

23 Jun 2019

Vettel finally pits and comes out four seconds behind Verstappen.

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton pits annoyingly quickly and comes out ahead of Vettel, who hasn't pitted yet. If that doesn't emphasize his dominance, I don't know what does.

23 Jun 2019

Bottas pits and comes out with a pretty hefty gap to Leclerc and Verstappen, fun...

23 Jun 2019

Any chance of a safety car, race directors? I find myself asking for that quite often these days...

23 Jun 2019

Leclerc comes in, moving Vettel into the top three for the first time today.

23 Jun 2019

Verstappen pits and Vettel is told to do the opposite, so Ferrari will be going for the overcut on the Dutchman.

23 Jun 2019

Sainz follows suit and maintains the advantage on his team-mate.

23 Jun 2019

Norris the next to pit, and has Grosjean between him and the men he's fighting, Ricciardo and Gasly.

23 Jun 2019

Not for long though, as Ricciardo uses DRS to pass the man who replaced him at Red Bull!

23 Jun 2019

Red Bull respond by pitting Gasly immediately, and the Frenchman stays ahead.

23 Jun 2019

Ricciardo pits and comes out in P16. He'll be trying the undercut on Gasly.

23 Jun 2019

Haas yet again seem to have terrible race pace, as Kevin Magnussen is taken by both Toro Rossos and is now P16, one place ahead of team-mate Grosjean.

23 Jun 2019

The Brit reports that something in his seat is broken. Can't be too serious though as he's still the fastest man on track.

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton currently has a 2.5 second lead up front, but Bottas has just set the fastest lap at least...

23 Jun 2019

Perez given a five second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

23 Jun 2019

Ferrari tell Leclerc that they're sticking to Plan A and need a gap to Verstappen, which is currently 2.2 seconds.

23 Jun 2019

Giovinazzi unsurprisingly pits for hards, which will take him to the end, hopefully...

23 Jun 2019

Vettel up to P5 now after an easy move on Sainz.

23 Jun 2019

Giovinazzi's soft tyres seem to be falling away as he loses positions to Ricciardo and Raikkonen.

23 Jun 2019

Hamilton racking up fastest laps now, oh joy.

23 Jun 2019

Vettel has taken Norris into the chicane, but he'll need to get past the other McLaren a little quicker if he doesn't want to lose touch with the top four.

23 Jun 2019

Verstappen on the radio complaining about engine issues. He's still set the fastest lap, mind.

23 Jun 2019

Vettel stayed in P7 at the start and is now pressuring Lando Norris, with Gasly close behind having got Ricciardo.

23 Jun 2019

And we're off! Hamilton holds the lead ahead of Bottas and Leclerc, with Verstappen holding off Sainz who's taken his team-mate.

23 Jun 2019

The formation lap is underway.

23 Jun 2019

Every driver in the top ten is starting on the medium tyre asides from Gasly and Giovinazzi.

23 Jun 2019

Yesterday in F2, a Dutchman starting in P4 ended up leading after the first corner, just saying...

23 Jun 2019

We've had the national anthem now. Ten minutes until lights out.

23 Jun 2019

Verstappen: "Hopefully we can fight Ferrari, that'll be a great Sunday for us."

23 Jun 2019

Gasly: "We know it's not going to be an easy one with strategy starting on the softs, but we'll push as hard as we can to move forward."

23 Jun 2019

In terms of a Championship battle, Bottas really needs to beat Hamilton today to stay within touching distance. The Finn looked to have the edge over his team-mate up until Q3 - can he rediscover that this afternoon?

23 Jun 2019

The cars are making their way to the grid, and I must say, seeing the McLarens start that high up is a lovely sight. It's their best qualifying performance since 2014. Who needs Alonso?

23 Jun 2019

It's a warm, sunny day here in France, with air temperatures of 27'C and set to rise throughout the day.

23 Jun 2019

The rest of the grid is: ALB, RAI, HUL, PER, MAG, GRO, STR, KUB, KVY, RUS.

23 Jun 2019

Pierre Gasly maintained his poor Saturday form since joining Red Bull and starts P9 alongside Antonio Giovinazzi who had an excellent day.

23 Jun 2019

Sebastian Vettel had a shocker of a final session, with an initial gearbox issue meaning he only had time to do one flying lap, which was only quick enough to start P7. Just behind him is his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

23 Jun 2019

Charles Leclerc comfortably took P3, half a second ahead of Max Verstappen, but the Dutchman only qualified ahead of the McLarens by the skin of his teeth, with Norris starting P5 and Sainz P6.

23 Jun 2019

Yesterday saw Mercedes take yet another front row lockout, with Hamilton claiming pole position ahead of Bottas. Behind the Silver Arrows though, things were much more interesting.

23 Jun 2019

Lewis Hamilton arrived at the Paul Ricard circuit leading the championship by 29 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas. The Brit learned on Friday that he would hold onto his Canadian Grand Prix win after the Montreal stewards rejected Ferrari's review of Sebastian Vettel's penalty. The Ferrari driver is P3 in the standings, 62 points off the pace.

23 Jun 2019

Welcome back to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix, this is round eight of the 2019 F1 World Championship. All times are local.
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:30.550
0
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:30.609
0.059
0
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:30.647
0.097
0
4
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:30.865
0.315
0
5
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:30.954
0.404
0
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:30.964
0.414
0
7
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:30.972
0.422
0
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:30.989
0.439
0
9
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:31.073
0.523
0
10
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:31.075
0.525
0
11
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:31.152
0.602
0
12
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:31.166
0.616
0
13
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:31.180
0.630
0
14
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:31.327
0.777
0
15
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:31.445
0.895
0
16
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:31.564
1.014
0
17
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:31.626
1.076
0
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:31.726
1.176
0
19
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:32.789
2.239
0
20
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:33.205
2.655
0

22 Jun 2019

Bottas tops Q1 with Hamilton and Leclerc behind, less than a tenth separates them. Kubica, Russell, Stroll, Grosjean and Kvyat are the eliminated drivers.

22 Jun 2019

Raikkonen and Ricciardo will be investigated after the session. It looks like Ricciardo started a domino effect which ended in Raikkonen going off and distracting Grosjean as he came back on the track.

22 Jun 2019

Norris and Sainz go P4/5. The track is ramping up.

22 Jun 2019

Surprising to see Kvyat out there at this stage since he will start from the back anyway.

22 Jun 2019

Kubica, Kvyat, Russell, Magnussen and Perez are in the elimination zone with 5 minutes to go.

22 Jun 2019

A 1:30.6 from Leclerc, Bottas and Hamilton pip that by under a tenth. Are they teasing us or are Ferrari actually in the fight?

22 Jun 2019

Verstappen manages only P11 on his first run with the soft compound.

22 Jun 2019

Everyone out on the softs, Bottas, Leclerc, Hamilton and Vettel is the top four after their first runs.

22 Jun 2019

Dare we say it, but the way Raikkonen rejoined the track was very unhelpful for Grosjean.

22 Jun 2019

Carlos Sainz posts a solid 1:32.0 for McLaren - an early P1 slot for him.

22 Jun 2019

Kimi Raikkonen goes off and along with Daniel Ricciardo they ruin Romain Grosjean's first flying lap.

22 Jun 2019

Drivers are taking their outlap's very steady to keep as much grip as possible in the softs. That track is roasting.

22 Jun 2019

Pit lane open, Q1 is underway.

22 Jun 2019

Just a few minutes until we go green. 56c track temp

22 Jun 2019

Down at the bottom of the grid, a 15-place grid drop is coming George Russell's way after Williams changed some engine components following power losses earlier on.

22 Jun 2019

Red Bull, meanwhile, could potentially have their hands full with McLaren for those third row spots on the grid. Just a tenth separated the two teams in FP3.

22 Jun 2019

We've had a clean sweep of Mercedes 1-2 finishes in the three practice sessions and look particularly mighty through the final sector. Ferrari have a four tenth gap to overcome from FP3 alone...

22 Jun 2019

Hello and welcome back to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the all-important qualifying session. All times are local. Q1 begins at 1500.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:29.437
0
2
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:29.506
0.069
0
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:29.520
0.083
0
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:29.699
0.262
0
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:30.019
0.582
0
6
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:30.099
0.662
0
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:30.319
0.882
0
8
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:30.369
0.932
0
9
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:30.408
0.971
0
10
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:30.421
0.984
0
11
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:30.461
1.024
0
12
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:30.533
1.096
0
13
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:30.544
1.107
0
14
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:30.738
1.301
0
15
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:31.440
2.003
0

22 Jun 2019

McLaren are in the top ten and both drivers will start on the mediums. A great chance of a double-points haul for them. Giovinazzi outqualifies Raikkonen again.

22 Jun 2019

Magnussen, Perez, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Albon are out.

22 Jun 2019

Wow, Norris on the mediums goes into P4, and that puts his team-mate in a spot of danger.

22 Jun 2019

Sainz is making these mediums work, could be a huge boost for his strategy tomorrow.

22 Jun 2019

Five minutes to go. Norris, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi the guys in danger.

22 Jun 2019

Bottas improves and takes over P1, but again there is under a tenth between the Finn and Hamilton.

22 Jun 2019

Leclerc and Vettel a second down on the Silver Arrows with the same compound.

22 Jun 2019

A 1:29.5 from Hamilton on the mediums as he goes P1.

22 Jun 2019

Ferrari take the mediums, as does Verstappen and even McLaren - there is a statement of confidence.

22 Jun 2019

Q2 underway. Both Mercedes go out on the mediums.
Qualifying 3
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:28.319
0
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:28.605
0.286
0
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:28.965
0.646
0
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:29.409
1.090
0
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:29.418
1.099
0
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:29.522
1.203
0
7
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:29.799
1.480
0
8
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:29.918
1.599
0
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:30.184
1.865
0
10
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:33.420
5.101
0

22 Jun 2019

Join us for the race tomorrow, lights out is at 15:10 local time.

22 Jun 2019

Well, discounting any issues it would seem the battle for the win is between Hamilton and Bottas. Another exciting duo will be the McLaren's as we see what they can do. Perhaps they can get ahead of Verstappen or even challenge Leclerc for a podium spot?

22 Jun 2019

P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Leclerc, P4 Verstappen, P5 Norris, P6 Sainz, P7 Vettel, P8 Ricciardo, P9 Gasly and P10 Giovinazzi is your top ten for Sunday's race.

22 Jun 2019

Verstappen and both McLaren's are ahead of Vettel!

22 Jun 2019

Bottas is well down on this run, Hamilton improves again and takes pole position for the French Grand Prix!

22 Jun 2019

Out they come for their second runs.

22 Jun 2019

Leclerc just over half a second slower in P3. Vettel forced to pit after a missed upshift.

22 Jun 2019

1:28.4 for Hamilton, 1:28.6 for Bottas. A new track record from the Brit.

22 Jun 2019

Everyone back on the softs, it's all about pace now.

22 Jun 2019

No rush to get out of the garage from anyone.
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:32.738
0
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:32.807
0.069
0
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:33.111
0.373
0
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:33.618
0.880
0
5
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:33.790
1.052
0
6
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:34.091
1.353
0
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:34.110
1.372
0
8
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:34.261
1.523
0
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:34.540
1.802
0
10
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:34.804
2.066
0
11
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:34.809
2.071
0
12
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:34.810
2.072
0
13
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:35.063
2.325
0
14
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:35.326
2.588
0
15
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:35.410
2.672
0
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:35.522
2.784
0
17
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:36.102
3.364
0
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:37.147
4.409
0
19
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:37.172
4.434
0
20
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:37.620
4.882
0

21 Jun 2019

The session ends with a P1 for Hamilton, 0.069s up on Bottas, while Leclerc is third,0.373s down. Join us in two hours for FP2 from Paul Ricard. Cheers!

21 Jun 2019

The chequered flag is out on FP1...

21 Jun 2019

Gasly has had a moment at Turn 4. He lost control at Turn 3 and the spin kept going. He has some seriously flat-spotted tyres.

21 Jun 2019

Just to clarify, Leclerc is running the old spec Ferrari front wing while Vettel is on the new one. He is seven-tenths down on his team-mate.

21 Jun 2019

Ricciardo is in the pits as Renault check out his floor. He clipped a kerb.

21 Jun 2019

Grosjean won't be returning to the track this session. Haas has tweeted that the team is still working on the water leak. He is slowest of all with nine laps on the board. Not great for his home race.

21 Jun 2019

Vettel only progresses as far as P12 as he reports that "something doesn't feel right" with his SF90.

21 Jun 2019

The Mercedes tussle isn't over as Hamilton now goes quickest. A 1:32.7 for the champ. Leclerc is back on track and goes third, 0.373s down.

21 Jun 2019

Spinning Bull as Verstappen gets it wrong at Turn 8 and Bottas goes top.

21 Jun 2019

Sainz is struggling to really hook it up through the latter sequence of corners. One small mistake led to several more.

21 Jun 2019

Gasly meet traffic, traffic meet Gasly. And that is one rather unimpressed Frenchman.

21 Jun 2019

Verstappen is up to third and Gasly fourth while Leclerc and Vettel are still in the pits, P15 and P16.

21 Jun 2019

Hot lap, slow lap, hot lap and Hamilton goes P1 with a 1:33.2.

21 Jun 2019

Latifi has a moment and Magnussen follows suit. Still a notable lack of grip.

21 Jun 2019

New P1 as Hamilton his the front with a 1:34.1. His team-mate Bottas beats him with a 1:33.7. He's on the soft tyres.

21 Jun 2019

Quick! Call off FP1, McLaren are fastest! Norris has gone P1 on the medium tyres.

21 Jun 2019

Gasly is staying on the soft tyres and he goes quickest in the first sector, and goes quickest overall with a 1:34.2.

21 Jun 2019

More drivers out on track with Norris upping his pace but not his position. He's swapped from the mediums to the softs and it only gave him a tenth.

21 Jun 2019

Norris and Kubica leave the pits. Finally, noise!

21 Jun 2019

Problem for Grosjean: "Water leak on Romainâ??s car. Looks like heâ??ll have a bit of a wait until he can head back out in #FP1. Work on-going to repair," tweeted the team.

21 Jun 2019

After the earlier spike, the track temperature has fallen to 43'C.

21 Jun 2019

Waiting for the drivers to get back out...

21 Jun 2019

The drivers head back to the pits to hand their first set of tyres back to Pirelli. Bottas is quickest, Kubica is slowest. Nothing new there.

21 Jun 2019

A small problem with Bottas' steering with the Finn reporting that it is "pointing right" down the straights.

21 Jun 2019

Kimi Raikkonen, out on track in his Alfa Romeo, gets to play with the Turn 4 bollards as he went off the track.

21 Jun 2019

Bottas is quickest with a 1:34.6.

21 Jun 2019

Vettel was the first to botch the plan of action for returning to the track at Turn 1. He came out of the pits as Bottas flew by and he had to go off the track to make room for the Mercedes driver.

21 Jun 2019

Hulkenberg is feeling the heat and reports it is like a "barbeque" in his RS19. There is actually smoke - or steam - there!

21 Jun 2019

Sainz is back on track and returns to the front while Albon goes fourth and Max Verstappen P5.Still waiting for times from Hamilton and Bottas.

21 Jun 2019

More drivers heading out including Nicholas Latifi, who is in the Williams this session instead of George Russell. It is, however, just for this session.

21 Jun 2019

Vettel heads into the pits and swaps front wings, new for old. He is also running a new diffuser.

21 Jun 2019

News in: Kvyat will start the race from the very back of the grid as he has penalties for just about everything and anything engine related.

21 Jun 2019

Ferrari are trialing a new front wing this morning with Vettel running the new design and Leclerc the old.

21 Jun 2019

Six laps into his run and Leclerc reports "something weird" with his front right. A close up shows the soft tyre is already showing horrendous graining.

21 Jun 2019

Leclerc on the soft tyres goes purple in the first two sectors and the P1 time is down a 1:35.8.

21 Jun 2019

Charles Leclerc and Vettel are both on the boards but slower than Sainz.

21 Jun 2019

Carlos Sainz clocks a 1:35.9 to get the ball rolling.

21 Jun 2019

As one Frenchman pits another takes to the track. It is Gasly in the Red Bull RB15.

21 Jun 2019

Grosjean gives the French fans in the grandstands a wave as he drives past.

21 Jun 2019

Green light and off we go with Antonio Giovinazzi leading out Lando Norris, Alexander Albon and Romain Grosjean.

21 Jun 2019

The air temperature is 24'C and the track a rather hot 40'C.

21 Jun 2019

Over at Renault, Daniel Ricciardo will run a new Renault spec 3 engine today providing a small power gain. His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg will get the update at next weekend's race at Spielberg. Renault also have a major aero update for their RS19 ranging from wings to cooling.

21 Jun 2019

It has been a difficult season for non-Mercedes fans and a nightmare especially for those who support Ferrari. There is, however a bit of hope ahead of this weekend's grand prix as the long straights of the Paul Ricard circuit should suit the SF90. But then again every time we say that Mercedes still pull it out of the bag.

21 Jun 2019

If you missed the start of this season (where have you been?), Mercedes are on a roll. Last time out in Canada, Lewis Hamilton claimed win number seven of 2019 for the Brackley squad and his fifth of the year. As such Hamilton takes a 29-pt lead over his team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Vettel third in the standings ahead of Max Verstappen.

21 Jun 2019

More breaking news this morning: Sergey Sirotkin is the new McLaren reserve driver. The team announced this morning that they had reached an agreement with engine partner Renault "to have access to Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin should Carlos or Lando be unable to complete a full race weekend in 2019."

21 Jun 2019

The FIA have also announced that they'll be policing corner cutting this weekend. They have placed fluorescent yellow bollards and red/white boards around Turns 1 and 2 and 3 to 5 to police the track limits. There are also bollards at the exist on the inside of the kerb at Turn 2. Drivers cutting the corner have to go right of bollards before driving through the two red/white blocks in the run-off to rejoin the track.

21 Jun 2019

News in this morning is that although Honda will be introducing a new engine this weekend, Alexander Albon won't use it. Both the Thai driver and his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat are on the cusp of engine penalties so STR opted to split the penalties over two, maybe even three, races. Albon explained: "We knew whatever we do now weâ??re going to get a penalty for it. On my side of the garage weâ??re looking quite good with the engine. I think Danny maybe was a bit closer to the limit so theyâ??ve decided to change earlier than I did. That was about it, really."

21 Jun 2019

Formula 1 arrived at the Paul Ricard circuit this weekend ready for round 8 but still unsure of the result of round 7, the Canadian GP. Ferrari have called for a review of Sebastian Vettel's time penalty, which cost him the win. That review is taking place after FP1 today.

21 Jun 2019

Welcome to Paul Ricard, home of Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly and the French Grand Prix. All times are local. FP1 gets underway at 11am.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:30.937
0
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:31.361
0.424
0
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:31.586
0.649
0
4
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:31.665
0.728
0
5
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:31.882
0.945
0
6
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:32.049
1.112
0
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:32.432
1.495
0
8
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:32.448
1.511
0
9
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.677
1.740
0
10
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:32.789
1.852
0
11
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.973
2.036
0
12
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:33.020
2.083
0
13
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:33.023
2.086
0
14
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:33.081
2.144
0
15
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:33.254
2.317
0
16
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:33.300
2.363
0
17
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:33.591
2.654
0
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:33.884
2.947
0
19
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:34.614
3.677
0
20
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:35.195
4.258
0

21 Jun 2019

Join us again tomorrow for live updates from FP3 here at the French GP. The session gets underway at 12 noon local time.

21 Jun 2019

Completing the order: P11 Giovinazzi, P12 Ricciardo, P13 Albon, P14 Hulkenberg, P15 Kvyat, P16 Perez, P17 Grosjean, P18 Stroll, P19 Russell and P20 Kubica.

21 Jun 2019

Well, the lap average calculations from the race sims puts Mercedes well over a second clear of Ferrari and Red Bull. Oh dear. Anyway the chequered flag is out to end FP2, the top 10 is unchanged.

21 Jun 2019

Six minutes to go, the top 10 is as follows: P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Leclerc, P4 Vettel, P5 Norris, P6 Verstappen, P7 Sainz, P8 Gasly, P9 Raikkonen and P10 Magnussen.

21 Jun 2019

Just under 13 mins to go, the race sims are well underway for most of the drivers.

21 Jun 2019

Time to open a can of worms - the stewards have decided that Hamilton and Verstappen will be investigated after the session. It seemed like the Brit rejoined the track unsafely, especially if you compare it to Vettel's penalty in Canada.

21 Jun 2019

Bottas is back on the mediums for his long-run sims.

21 Jun 2019

Norris clears Verstappen on the softs to go P5. That McLaren is looking fantastic with the rookie at the wheel.

21 Jun 2019

"I can't have a car which is f**king good over the first five corners, when I got there and I'm sideways." Romain isn't a very happy chap.

21 Jun 2019

Hamilton has an off which ruins Verstappen's plans. The hand of apology goes up from the Brit.

21 Jun 2019

Bottas stretches his lead further with a 1:30.9 on the softs. Hamilton and both Ferraris have also switched to the red-walled tyre now.

21 Jun 2019

Sainz has a broken diffuser and is missing valuable running time at the moment.

21 Jun 2019

Raikkonen goes wide through Turn 4 and it appears he didn't go around the bollard. Could be an issue for the Finn.

21 Jun 2019

Hamilton nearly loses it through the chicane, well saved!

21 Jun 2019

Mercedes have had enough of this competition rubbish. A 1:31.1 from Bottas still on the mediums with Hamilton two tenths behind. Verstappen in P3 is a second off.

21 Jun 2019

Ferrari and Mercedes favouring the mediums here early on. Bottas sets a 1:32.4 for P1. Meanwhile Norris improves to P3 on the hard compound!

21 Jun 2019

Vettel gets his hot lap in now and moves into P1.

21 Jun 2019

Leclerc goes P1 by under a tenth on the medium compound. Vettel gets distracted by a Williams so that's his lap aborted.

21 Jun 2019

Romain Grosjean is in the bad books after locking up and destroying one of only two sets of hard tyres he has for the weekend.

21 Jun 2019

Norris up to P1. Vettel is on his outlap as is Leclerc, no sign of the Mercedes pair yet.

21 Jun 2019

Kimi Raikkonen takes over P1 for Alfa Romeo with a 1:34.486.

21 Jun 2019

A 1:35.683 from Daniil Kvyat as he sets the first competitive time of the session.

21 Jun 2019

Plenty of cameras hanging around the FIA building. Ferrari have been in and out, so we're waiting to hear if they will be able to appeal the penalty which cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada.

21 Jun 2019

FP2 is underway. The track temperatures were destroying the soft tyres after just a few laps this morning. Teams will hope the Circuit Paul Ricard rubbers in quick.

21 Jun 2019

Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz finished P7/8 for Renault's customer team McLaren in FP1, so the performance is there.

21 Jun 2019

Renault are another team with upgrades in France, Daniel Ricciardo ended FP1 in P9, so they will look to build on that in their home grand prix

21 Jun 2019

Though Red Bull didn't expect a miracle from Honda with their Spec 3 PU, Max Verstappen was almost nine tenths slower than Hamilton, it's to be hoped they have a few power modes remaining.

21 Jun 2019

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was their closest challenger, yet he was 0.4s adrift of the leading pair. He will hope to cut that gap in FP2.

21 Jun 2019

Mercedes were expected to be mighty again and they were with Lewis Hamilton heading a one-two in FP1.

21 Jun 2019

Hello and welcome back to the Circuit Paul Ricard ahead of the second practice session. All times local and we'll have green lights in 30 minutes' time.
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:30.159
0
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:30.200
0.041
0
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:30.605
0.446
0
4
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:30.633
0.474
0
5
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:31.538
1.379
0
6
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
1:31.599
1.440
0
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:31.654
1.495
0
8
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:31.802
1.643
0
9
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:31.887
1.728
0
10
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:31.943
1.784
0
11
Nationality
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
1:32.023
1.864
0
12
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:32.171
2.012
0
13
Nationality
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
1:32.178
2.019
0
14
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:32.385
2.226
0
15
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:32.400
2.241
0
16
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:32.491
2.332
0
17
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:32.540
2.381
0
18
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:32.678
2.519
0
19
Nationality
Robert Kubica
Williams
1:33.902
3.743
0
20
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:39.987
9.828
0

22 Jun 2019

The Ferraris are third and fourth ahead of Verstappen but it looks as if we're set for an all-Mercedes front row lock up in qualifying. Tune in at 3pm local time to find out. Cheers.

22 Jun 2019

Chequered flag is out on FP3 with another Mercedes 1-2 as Bottas edges Hamilton by 0.041s.

22 Jun 2019

Gasly is the latest to get it wrong through the opening corners and works his way around the bollards.

22 Jun 2019

That's P8 for Ricciardo and Giovinazzi falls out of the top ten. In fact he's now down to P12 as Hulkenberg goes 11th.

22 Jun 2019

McLaren and Alfa Romeo are the two teams joining Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in the top ten - but we've still got three minutes and a flying Ricciardo...

22 Jun 2019

Verstappen reports yet another issue with his tyres as he struggling to get the right temperature.

22 Jun 2019

Leclerc has a moment at Turn 8 as he clipped the kerb at the entrance.

22 Jun 2019

Giovinazzi is up to ninth and the Renaults are out of the top ten.

22 Jun 2019

But as we say that Gasly goes sixth, Norris is up to seventh and Raikkonen P8.

22 Jun 2019

It has been a good session so far for Renault as Ricciardo is sixth with Hulkenberg P7. They are, however, two seconds down on Bottas' best.

22 Jun 2019

Vettel stays four, 0.651s down.

22 Jun 2019

Hamilton is quickest in the second sector and does a personal best in the final. He stays second but is now just 0.041s down. Leclerc is third, 0.446s off the pace.

22 Jun 2019

A scruffy lap for Hamilton and aborts that. And at the same time Bottas goes off at Turn 5.

22 Jun 2019

Here comes Hamilton now...

22 Jun 2019

Bottas is out on a new set of soft tyres and goes purple in all three sectors on his way to a 1:30.1

22 Jun 2019

Russell is out for lap number 4 but again reports "no power". He explains that it seems to be in the lower gears that he loses power.

22 Jun 2019

Vettel is out of his Ferrari as his mechanics work on an issue with his seat belt. That was a rather awkward position.

22 Jun 2019

Verstappen has worked his way up to fifth place but is a full second down on Bottas' P1 time.

22 Jun 2019

Verstappen reports "no grip on the rear" and it is evident as he sweeps through the corners.

22 Jun 2019

Good news for Russell as it looks as if Williams have resolved whatever the problem was and he's ready to go out again.

22 Jun 2019

Hamilton is the next to find more pace as he moves up to P1 with a 1:31.1.

22 Jun 2019

Vettel improves to third place, leapfrogging Hamilton.

22 Jun 2019

Bottas may be fastest of all but even the Finn is struggling to keep it on the track as he lost it at Turn 5 after a lock up.

22 Jun 2019

Leclerc was on course for a P1 time but lost time to Bottas in the final sector. He goes second, 0.083s down.

22 Jun 2019

Not great news for Russell as he reports "no power" and limps his way back to the pits.

22 Jun 2019

And that all changes as Mercedes come out to play... Bottas goes top with a 1:31.3.

22 Jun 2019

Hulkenberg is the next to lead the way with Norris up to second and Gasly third.

22 Jun 2019

Getting a bit busy out there as the drivers get down to their morning's work.

22 Jun 2019

An off for Ricciardo, just a small one but a bit of kerb climbing going on there.

22 Jun 2019

Hulkenberg joins the action in his updated RS19 and moves up to second place while Ricciardo, who is also running the team's updated engine, goes quickest with a 1:32.690.

22 Jun 2019

Kvyat continues to lap the circuit in his Spec 3-powered Toro Rosso. He lowers the benchmark down to a 1:32.7.

22 Jun 2019

And if you thought Bottas wanted a lazy start to the day, his team-mate Hamilton has gone for an even lazier one as he finally arrives in the garage. As he does that, Bottas climbs into his car.

22 Jun 2019

P1 for Kubica. Stop the clock. Alas it is only a 1:35.8. And it is already beaten by Kyvat.

22 Jun 2019

Raikkonen heads out with some serious flo-vis paint on the front left of his car.

22 Jun 2019

Bottas has just waltzed into the garage as Friday's P1 man is in no hurry to get his day started.

22 Jun 2019

The drivers are having an issue with the soft Pirellis in this heat with the tyres graining after just a handful of laps.

22 Jun 2019

Norris is the first man out as McLaren hope to build on yesterday's P5. His team-mate Sainz follows him out.

22 Jun 2019

Green light, let's go...

22 Jun 2019

It's another hot day in France with the air temperature 24'C and the track already 48'C.

22 Jun 2019

One driver who did have a great start was Norris, the McLaren rookie fifth overall on Friday. McLaren, though, aren't yet counting their chickens as they are baffled as to why the car showed great pace. â??It is a bit of surprise; the team and I didnâ??t think the track would suit as much as Canada,â? said Norris. â??It is just Friday; we were quick on a Friday. We were quick in Canada on a Friday. But Iâ??m sure that the other teams are going to improve, so we have to improve the same amount and just stay ahead. I donâ??t know what the reason is.â?

22 Jun 2019

It wasn't a great start to the French Grand Prix weekend for Grosjean, one of two French drivers. His Haas suffered a water leak in FP1 curtailing his running to just nine laps while a vibration in FP2 cost him more track time.

22 Jun 2019

As has become tradition for 2019, Williams were slowest of all with George Russell 3.6s off the pace while Robert Kubica was a further six-tenths down. Bottom half: 11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.036s 34 S; 12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 2.083s 33 M; 13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 2.086s 34 S; 14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.144s 31 S; 15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2.317s 36 S; 16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 2.363s 29 S; 17 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.654s 27 S; 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 2.947s 31 S; 19 George Russell Williams 3.677s 33 S; 20 Robert Kubica Williams 4.258s 32 S.

22 Jun 2019

Mercedes set the pace on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading Lewis Hamilton with the Ferraris over half a second down. Top ten: 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.937 33 S; 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.424s 25 M; 3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.649s 30 S; 4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.728s 31 S; 5 Lando Norris McLaren 0.945s 30 S; 6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.112s 28 S; 7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.495s 27 S; 8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.511s 28 S; 9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1.740s 34 S; 10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.852s 29 S.

22 Jun 2019

Welcome back to Paul Ricard for Saturday's third and final practice for the French Grand Prix. All times are local and FP3 gets underway in 30 minutes.
French Grand Prix
Race Date:

23 Jun

No of Laps:
53
Length:
Lap Record:
Starting Grid
#
Team/Driver
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
3
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
4
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
5
Lando Norris
McLaren
6
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
7
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
8
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
9
Pierre Gasly
Red Bull
10
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing
11
Alex Albon
Toro Rosso
12
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
13
Nico Hulkenberg
Renault
14
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
15
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
16
Romain Grosjean
Haas
17
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
18
Robert Kubica
Williams
19
Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso
20
George Russell
Williams
Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

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Bahrain (Sakhir) Grand ...

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

03:10 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
332
2
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
201
3
Max Verstappen Red Bull
189
4
Daniel Ricciardo Renault
102
5
Sergio Perez Racing Point
100
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
533
2
Red Bull
274
3
McLaren
171
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

02 Aug

British Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Charles Leclerc

09 Aug

British (Anniversar...
1. Max Verstappen 2. Lewis Hamilton 3. Valtteri Bottas