Tour 37: Gasly gives everything to enter the points, and make up for his mistake, ahead of Magnussen. It’s 13th. The Haas have no pace in the race unlike in qualifying.
Lap 36: Alonso who also allowed Ocon to get back at Ricciardo and Norris, what genius. McLaren and Alpine are tied in the Constructors’ World Championship with 81 points.
Lap 35: And Sainz coming back like a bullet on Perez on his medium tires…
Lap 32: Little scare for Hamilton who manages to right his car to the S of the glass factory.
Lap 31: Pierre Gasly’s mistake in his attempt to overtake Albon, the Norman falls to 15th place. Weekend to forget!
Round 30: And Carlos Sainz doubles Russell from the outside at Signs! Good move!
Lap 28: Alonso who lets the two McLarens come back on him to make them “eat the tires”. We love.
Lap 27: Sainz collapses on Russel, the Spaniard should pass him easily. To see the consequences of the penalty…
Lap 26: Sainz takes his engineer who announces a stop and goes off as a penalty. “No, it’s a 5-second penalty”, the driver explains to him… In Ferrari there are always so many approaches, it’s incredible!
Lap 25: Next to the race leader, Verstappen has a comfortable distance on Hamilton with almost 3′, instead Pérez is let go by the Brit and caught by Russel!
Lap 24: Schumacher spins after colliding with Zhou, who lost his car.
Lap 23: Tsunoda retires after colliding with Ocon. And towards the tail without consequences of Mick Schumacher.
Round 22: And Sainz does little work to Alonso! He is 5th!
Lap 21: End of the safety car, Verstappen leads this Grand Prix, followed by Hamilton, who is competing in his 300th race, and Perez. Russel is still behind the Mexican while Sainz is already 6th!
Lap 20: “Nooooooooooo,” exclaimed Charles Leclerc on his radio. Terrible mistake by the Monegasque but it looked like his tires were in agony… Ferrari’s new failure?
Lap 19: Everyone takes the opportunity to go to the pits and Sainz was not far from the disaster that rubbed an Alpí when leaving! Watch out for Ferrari!
Lap 18: Leclerc crashes and the safety car is deployed. It’s terrible for Monegasque!
Lap 18: RedBull tells Verstappen to push: ‘Push, push’
Lap 17: Verstappen pits to put on hard tyres. It comes out 7th. Fear of the undercut for Ferrari!
Lap 15: Ocon is 8th 4′ from Norris, but still has to stop an extra 5 seconds at his next pit stop. Gasly is 14th, 4′ behind Albon.
Lap 14: Sainz has already moved up to 10th on his hard tyres. Ferrari is hoping for a top 6, which should be achievable for the Spaniard.
Lap 13: It’s George Russell’s turn to return to Pérez visibly struggling at this Paul Ricard circuit. It is only 1′ from the Mexican.
Lap 12: Leclerc’s engineer offers him plan B, asking for his opinion. Pirelli has a pit stop between laps 13 and 20 for the media, we’ll see what Ferrari do.
Lap 11: The gap is closer to second now between Leclerc and Verstappen for the lead, Perez is almost 3′ behind Hamilton.
Round 10: The RedBulls fail to catch up with their opponents, the tires of Verstappen and especially Pérez seem to suffer behind Leclerc and Hamilton!
Lap 7: The cars of Leclerc and a bit more of Verstappen seem to be slipping a lot. Tires are expensive in this battle.
Round 6: And Verstappen over Charles Leclerc now that DRS is cleared! The current world champion oscillates between 3 and 7 tenths of the Ferrari. Unsuccessful attempt to advance outside the Bosset!
Round 5: Pérez pressures Hamilton to regain 3rd place!
Lap 5: Note that only Sainz, now 14th, Gasly, 16th, and Bottas, 17th, started on hard tyres.
Round 4: 5 second penalty for Ocon after his crash, not the weekend for the French!
Lap 3: Verstappen is in Leclerc’s DRS zone, less than a second behind as Hamilton drops to over 4′.
Lap 2: Tsunoda spun after colliding with Ocon. The Frenchman is 9th, but watch out for potential damage…
Round 2: Sainz has only gained one place, he is 18th, unlike Magnussen who is already 13th!
Round 1: Head to tail for Yuki Tsunoda who drops to last place after his good rating!
Round 1: Good start for the top two, Leclerc and Verstappen, Hamilton does the right thing and takes Pérez’s place!
2:53 p.m : I’m going to watch the start from the windows of the press room, see you soon.
2:45 p.m : Take advantage of this French Grand Prix which could be the last for a while since the contract with the Paul Ricard circuit ends this year. The spectators responded present, the stands are full of many French flags and an atmosphere of madness when the Marseillaise is heard!
2:43 p.m : Come on, we left to follow this French GP together. The drivers are on the grid, and we are in the starting blocks in the press room of the Paul Ricard circuit.
Strategy will be very important at this Paul Ricard track which shows 50.1 degrees on the ground, and which will have a big impact on tire degradation. If a single strategy seems more effective in normal times, many teams should opt for a second stop. But the pit lane lost almost 30 seconds per pit stop. On the French side, we expect the comeback of Esteban Ocon, who will start from 10th position on the grid and especially of Pierre Gasly, very disappointed after Saturday’s classification, who will start 14th.
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