After a year of absence as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Grand Prix of France returns to the calendar of the F1 this weekend.
The dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) arrives as the leader of the tournament with four points of advantage over the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). For both of them this date will be a rematch after what they lived in Azerbaijan GP, where none added points for different situations.
The circuit of Paul ricard, whose curves were resurfaced before the 2019 edition, will continue to sport a smooth surface. Degradation is usually low. Turn 13 (the famous Signes) is particularly demanding in terms of energy on the tires.
The third sector of the track is demanding at the level of lateral forces, rather than at the level of traction and braking; the rest of the lap is fairly balanced (one of the reasons this track is used for testing).
Prior to Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018, a new chicane was designed in the center of the long Mistral straight to reduce the speed of the cars, an addition that de facto divides the straight section in two.
The winning strategy of 2019 contemplated one stop (medium-hard). All but seven runners started the race with the compound on the yellow flank.
For this event, Pirelli will have three tire compounds from the mid-range of the range: C2 as P Zero White (hard), C3 as P Zero Yellow (medium) and C4 as P Zero Red (soft). This is the same choice used in 2019.
The ambient temperature can be very high at this time of year. In 2019, in fact, the average records on asphalt exceeded the 50º C.
GRAND PRIZE SCHEDULE OF FRANCE 2021
|18/06||Practice 1||11.30 to 12.30||06.30 to 07.30||04.30 to 05.30||04.30 to 05.30|
|Practice 2||15.00 to 16.00||10.00 to 11.00||08.00 to 09.00||08.00 to 09.00|
|19/06||Practice 3||12.00 to 13.00||07.00 to 08.00||05.00 to 06.00||05.00 to 06.00|
|Classification||15.00 to 16.00||10.00 to 11.00||08.00 to 09.00||08.00 to 09.00|
THE PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT
Extension: 5.842 meters.
GP total distance: 309,69 km.
Number of curves: 15 (6 on the left and 9 on the right).
Distance from pole to first stop: 412,9 meters.
Changes per lap: 42.
Fuel consumption: Low.
Maximum speed: 340 km / h.
Maximum lateral force: 4.9 G at turn 11.
DRS zones: Between curves 7 and 8 and 15 and 1.
Ideal sectors for overpass: Curves 1 and 8 braking.
Absolute record: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1: 28.319 at 238,128 km / h in Q3 of the 2019 GP.
THE LAST TEN GRAND PRIZE WINNERS FROM FRANCE
|2001||Michael Schumacher (ALE)||Ferrari|
|2002||Michael Schumacher (ALE)||Ferrari|
|2003||Ralf Schumacher (ALE)||Williams-BMW|
|2004||Michael Schumacher (ALE)||Ferrari|
|2005||Fernando Alonso (ESP)||Renault|
|2006||Michael Schumacher (ALE)||Ferrari|
|2007||Kimi Räikkönen (END)||Ferrari|
|2008||Felipe Massa (BRA)||Ferrari|
|2018||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
|2019||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
DRIVERS: 1) Verstappen, 105 points; 2) Hamilton, 101; 3) Pérez, 69; 4) Norris, 66; 5) Leclerc, 52; 6) Bottas, 47; 7) Sainz, 42; 8) Gasly, 31; 9) Vettel, 28; 10) Ricciardo, 26; 11) Alonso, 13; 12) Ocon, 12; 13) Stroll, 9; 14) Tsunoda, 8; 15) Giovinazzi and Raikkonen, 1.
BUILDERS CUP: 1) Red Bull-Honda, 174 points; 2) Mercedes, 148; 3) Ferrari, 94; 4) McLaren-Mercedes, 92; 5) AlphaTauri-Honda, 39; 6) Aston Martin-Mercedes, 37; 7) Alpine-Renault, 25; 8) Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 2.
TELEVISION FORMULA 1 IN 2021
The activity of the Máxima in Latin America is broadcast by ESPN y Star Premium Action. Fox Sport 3, meanwhile, it will broadcast the Grand Prix on a delayed basis. If you are a true fan of F.1, you may be interested in subscribing to F1TV, the platform of official streaming of the category that has different services according to the chosen subscription.
SCHEDULES FOR ARGENTINA
- Practice 1: Friday, at 6.25 (ESPN 3, ESPN Play and Star Action).
- Practice 2: Friday, at 9.50 (ESPN 3, ESPN Play and Star Action).
- Practice 3: Saturday, at 6.55 (ESPN 2, ESPN Play and Star Action).
- Qualifying: Saturday, at 6.55 (ESPN 2, ESPN Play and Star Action).
- Race: Sunday at 9.30am (ESPN 2, ESPN Play and Star Action.