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The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:49 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 7th round of the 2021 season taking place at the Paul Ricard circuit between the 18th and 20th of June.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for France click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for France close at the start of Saturday practice.

The event timetable for the French Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 11:30 local time - 09:30 GMT
2nd Practice 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 12:00 local time - 10:00 GMT
Qualifying 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:06 pm

This weekend, we return to the Paul Ricard circuit, current home of the French Grand Prix.
This circuit doesn't generally lend itself to close and exciting racing so I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
It has been the home to the French Grand Prix since 2018 with Mercedes winning both events at this circuit.

What to expect?
Red Bull and their Honda power unit have come on strong this year. With similarly powered AlphaTauri, these two teams have really excelled.
Mercedes don't seem to have gotten their heads around this year's car and it has been more good luck than good management that they are still in the chase.
McLaren and Ferrari have both come on leaps and bounds.
Aston Martin have been the quiet achievers while Alpine have shown some speed.
The bottom end of the grid hasn't changed too much other than Haas now closer to last and behind Williams while Alfa Romeo continue to improve.

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:49 am

FP1 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:33.448	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
2	1:33.783	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
3	1:33.880	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
4	1:34.193	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
5	1:34.329	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
6	1:34.644	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
7	1:34.693	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
8	1:34.699	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
9	1:34.707	Lando Norris	   McLaren
10	1:34.847	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
11	1:34.950	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
12	1:35.116	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
13	1:35.135	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
14	1:35.275	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
15	1:35.289	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
16	1:35.342	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
17	1:35.612	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
18	1:36.651	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas
19	1:37.329	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	1:37.881	Roy Nissany	   Williams

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:54 am

The painted lines used to slow the cars are really abrasive as can be vouched for by some drivers. The tyres become shredded down to and sometimes through the fiber belts. Just ask Sebastian Vettel who also managed to find the wall thus limiting his FP1 time on the track.
And the kerbs which are used for track limits. They are really causing some damage to the cars.

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:59 am

FP2 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:32.872	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
2	1:32.880	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
3	1:33.125	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
4	1:33.340	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
5	1:33.550	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
6	1:33.685	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
7	1:33.696	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
8	1:33.698	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
9	1:33.786	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
10	1:33.822	Lando Norris	   McLaren
11	1:33.831	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
12	1:33.921	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
13	1:33.955	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
14	1:34.079	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
15	1:34.447	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
16	1:34.632	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
17	1:35.266	George Russell	   Williams
18	1:35.331	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	1:35.512	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	1:35.551	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:05 am

Mercedes announced that they had swapped their drivers chassis. This is supposed to be a normal occurrence in a season but I've not heard of it before.
The track limit kerbs are costing teams a lot of cash. Watch this space to see if changes are made however, after listening to the on air communications between the FIA and team principals, I suggest that it may not occur.

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:53 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Time		Driver		   Team
1	1:31.300	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
2	1:32.047	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
3	1:32.195	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
4	1:32.238	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
5	1:32.266	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
6	1:32.336	Lando Norris	   McLaren
7	1:32.624	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
8	1:32.681	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
9	1:32.707	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
10	1:32.759	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
11	1:32.820	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
12	1:33.017	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
13	1:33.051	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
14	1:33.200	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
15	1:33.328	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
16	1:33.364	George Russell	   Williams
17	1:33.424	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
18	1:33.584	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	1:34.143	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	1:34.642	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:17 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Time	Driver	Team
1	1:29.990	Max Verstappen	Red Bull Racing
2	1:30.248	Lewis Hamilton	Mercedes
3	1:30.376	Valtteri Bottas	Mercedes
4	1:30.445	Sergio Perez	Red Bull Racing
5	1:30.840	Carlos Sainz	Ferrari
6	1:30.868	Pierre Gasly	AlphaTauri
7	1:30.987	Charles Leclerc	Ferrari
8	1:31.252	Lando Norris	McLaren
9	1:31.340	Fernando Alonso	Alpine
10	1:31.382	Daniel Ricciardo	McLaren
11	1:31.736	Esteban Ocon	Alpine
12	1:31.767	Sebastian Vettel	Aston Martin
13	1:31.813	Antonio Giovinazzi	Alfa Romeo Racing
14	1:32.065	George Russell	Williams
15	1:32.942	Mick Schumacher	Haas
16	1:33.062	Nicholas Latifi	Williams
17	1:33.354	Kimi Räikkönen	Alfa Romeo Racing
18	1:33.554	Nikita Mazepin	Haas
19	2:12.584	Lance Stroll	Aston Martin
20	No Time	Yuki Tsunoda	AlphaTauri
Yuki Tsuonoda brought out red flags in Q1 by spinning into the barriers on his first qualifying lap and will have to start at the rear of the grid.
Mick Schumacher ended Q1 with 20 odd seconds left by finishing in the barriers and also bringing out the red flags. This ruined many other driver's final runs for the session.
Lance Stroll had his Q1 fast lap cancelled due to exceeding track limits and, due to Mick Schumacher's incident, will also start on the last row.

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Re: The 2021 French Grand Prix Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:24 pm

Results

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Pos	Driver		   Team
1	Max Verstappen	   Red Bull Racing
2	Lewis Hamilton	   Mercedes
3	Sergio Perez	   Red Bull Racing
4	Valtteri Bottas	   Mercedes
5	Lando Norris	   McLaren
6	Daniel Ricciardo   McLaren
7	Pierre Gasly	   AlphaTauri
8	Fernando Alonso	   Alpine
9	Sebastian Vettel   Aston Martin
10	Lance Stroll	   Aston Martin
11	Carlos Sainz	   Ferrari
12	George Russell	   Williams
13	Yuki Tsunoda	   AlphaTauri
14	Esteban Ocon	   Alpine
15	Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
16	Charles Leclerc	   Ferrari
17	Kimi Räikkönen	   Alfa Romeo Racing
18	Nicholas Latifi	   Williams
19	Mick Schumacher	   Haas
20	Nikita Mazepin	   Haas

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