2021 French Grand Prix Weekend Information

THE 2021 FRENCH GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 7. 18th – 20th June.

1042nd F1 GRAND PRIX | 89th FRENCH GRAND PRIX | 17th GRAND PRIX AT CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD

2019 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2019 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 18th June
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 10:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)

Saturday 19th June
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)

Sunday 20th June
The 2021 French Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This will be the 125th Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the month of June.
  • The eighth lap of the 2021 French Grand Prix will be the 1000th racing lap to have taken place at Circuit Paul Ricard.
  • A win for Lewis Hamilton would see him become only the second driver to have won three races at Circuit Paul Ricard. Alain Prost won here four times during his career. If he wins, Hamilton would equal Prost’s record of three consecutive victories at the circuit.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WEEKEND NOTES

The 2021 French Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place on 27th June. The date of the race was brought forward by one week on 14th May due to the postponement of the Turkish Grand Prix.

The majority of the circuit has been updated since F1’s last visit in 2019. 

The barrier separating the pit entry from the pit straight has been extended by 15 metres.

Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.


CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD TRACK GUIDE

The French Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2018. Its new home – the Circuit Paul Ricard – is no stranger to long-term F1 fans, having held races between 1971 and 1990.

The French Grand Prix first appeared at Paul Ricard in 1971 and hosted the event on various occasions throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The track was shortened in 1986, following the fatal crash of Elio de Angelis, who was testing a Brabham. The circuit was not to blame for the crash, the rear wing of the Brabham had broken, sending the car flying off at the then fast first turn. Nonetheless, the changes to the circuit were made as a precaution. The race moved to the Magny-Cours circuit in 1990, where it remained for the next eighteen years.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conferences at the French Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference are Laurent Rossi (Alpine), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Laurent Mekies (Ferrari) and Mario Isola (Pirelli).


DRIVER STEWARD

Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Yannick Dalmas.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


TYRE SELECTIONS

In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.


2019 FRENCH GP RECAP

The 2019 French Grand Prix was a rather lacklustre affair, with Lewis Hamilton taking a dominant victory. The main talking point was the battle in the midfield in the closing laps.

McLaren impressed in qualifying for the French Grand Prix, with both cars starting within the top six. Lewis Hamilton took pole, lapping two tenths faster than team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton led away from pole as Carlos Sainz battled Max Verstappen for fourth place. Sergio Perez picked up a five second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage on the opening lap. At the back, the two Williams drivers battled each other, resulting in George Russell taking out a marker board. The Toro Rosso drivers also squabbled over fourteenth place, with Daniil Kvyat eventually coming out on top. Lando Norris struggled with DRS issues, which didn’t help him in a final lap tussle with Kimi Raikkonen and the two Renault drivers. Daniel Ricciardo made his way past Norris first, but in doing so allowed Kimi Raikkonen past. Ricciardo then overtook the Alfa Romeo and claimed seventh place – but a post-race penalty saw him drop to eleventh in the final result. Hamilton led every lap on his way to victory, finishing almost twenty seconds ahead of his team-mate. Charles Leclerc completed the podium, while Sebastian Vettel picked up the point for Fastest Lap.


FASTEST EVER LAP


RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION

Session20182019
Free Practice 11:32.231 (Lewis Hamilton)1:32.738 (Lewis Hamilton)
Free Practice 21:32.539 (Lewis Hamilton)1:30.937 (Valtteri Bottas)
Free Practice 31:33.666 (Valtteri Bottas)1:30.159 (Valtteri Bottas)
Qualifying1:30.029 (Lewis Hamilton)1:28.319 (Lewis Hamilton)
Grand Prix1:34.225 (Valtteri Bottas)1:32.740 (Sebastian Vettel)

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