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French GP

Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
  • P1 25 Jun 2021 -
  • P2 25 Jun 2021 -
  • P3 26 Jun 2021 -
  • Quali 26 Jun 2021 -
  • Race 27 Jun 2021 -

Stats

First held 1950
Laps 53
Circuit length 5,842 kilometer
Fastest race lap 1.32,740 (2019)
Winner 2019 Lewis Hamilton
Second in 2019 Valtteri Bottas
Third in 2019 Charles Leclerc

Winners

Winner 2019 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2018 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2008 Felipe Massa
Winner 2007 Kimi Raikkonen
Winner 2006 Michael Schumacher

Held at several venues over the years, the French Grand Prix has once again settled at the Circuit Paul Ricard after returning to the F1 calendar in 2018. The track is known for its distinctive blue and red striped run off areas that replaced the gravel traps of old.

Formula 1 French Grand Prix 2021

Since Jackie Stewart claimed victory at the first race at the Circuit Paul Ricard in 1971, the event has floated in and out of the F1 calendar. Now back in the mix since the return of the French Grand Prix in 2018, the track is one of the most used test circuits in the world thanks to the presence of high, medium and low speed corners.

The F1 return saw the entry to La Verrerie, the Virage du Camp and the Virage du Pont all widened, while drivers are tested by the right-hander at Signes that reaches speeds of 290km/h.

The circuit itself is situated on a plateau, making the surface as smooth as anything you’ll see over the course of the year. It also means there is ample space for various layouts, with the track able to accommodate up to 167 variations.

The French Grand Prix 2020

The race wasn’t held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2019 edition saw Mercedes complete a front-row lockout, with Lewis Hamilton claiming victory from pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

Charles Leclerc took home third for Ferrari, while the last lap saw Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkeberg battle for the final points position, with the Australian later handed two five-second penalties and ultimately being classified in 11th spot.

When is the 2021 French Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?
The French Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of June 25-27 and is provisionally set to be the eighth race of the Formula 1 season. The first two free practice sessions will take place on June 25 with qualifying on Saturday June 26 at 15:00 CET.

What time does the French Grand Prix start?
The French Grand Prix starts on Sunday June 27, 2021 at 15:00 CET. The race can be followed live on RacingNews365's blog and via television on Canal+.

Formula 1 French GP 2021 Schedule

Session Date Time (UK)
Free Practice 1 Friday 25 June 10:00 - 11:00
Free Practice 2 Friday 25 June 14:00 - 15:00
Free Practice 3 Saturday 26 June 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying Saturday 26 June 14:00 - 15:00
Race Sunday 27 June 14:00
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