After a week’s break, the Formula One calendar will gear up for Round 7 of the F1 World Championships at Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix. For the first time in his career, Max Verstappen leads the world championship currently despite not finishing the Azerbaijan GP. The Dutch driver has 105 points to his name so far, whereas, Lewis Hamilton has 101 points from the first six races.
Both Verstappen and Hamilton had a poor outing at Baku where they didn’t win any points and will look to challenge each other again at the beautiful Paul Ricard circuit. Mercedes will particularly look to bounce back after two tough outings at the streets of Monte Carlo and Baku.
The French GP will be held in the city of Le Castellet from June 18-20, 2021. The first race was held in 2018, and there have been only two races so far at Paul Ricard. Last year, the race was cancelled owing to the covid-19 pandemic.
French GP Past Winners
The French Grand Prix is one of the oldest races held in motorsport. The historic race has been held in different parts of the country but was absent for much of the 21st century. In 2016, it was confirmed that the French Grand Prix would return in 2018 at the new layout of the Circuit Paul Ricard.
In the first race in 2018, Mercedes dominated the weekend. Lewis Hamilton took pole on Saturday and went on to win the race. Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari took the other two podium places.
It was once again a Mercedes dominated weekend in 2019 where Lewis Hamilton again took pole and won the race comfortably. He was followed by his teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The 2020 race was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Having said that, Hamilton has a 100% record on Paul Ricard and would want to keep it that way this race weekend.
|2018||Lewis Hamilton||Max Verstappen||Kimi Raikkonen|
|2019||Lewis Hamilton||Valtteri Bottas||Charles Leclerc|