2019 French Grand Prix

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2019 French Grand Prix
Race 8 of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Circuit Paul Ricard
Race details[1]
Date 23 June 2019
Official name Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019
Location Circuit Paul Ricard
Le Castellet, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Course Permanent racing circuit
Course length 5.842 km (3.630 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 309.690 km (192.432 mi)
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:28.319
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:32.740 on lap 53 (lap record)
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

The 2019 French Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019)[1] was a Formula One motor race on 23 June 2019 at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France.[1] The race will be the eighth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the 87th running of the French Grand Prix, and the 59th time the event had been included as a round of the Formula One World Championship since the inception of the series in 1950.[2]

The race was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Background[edit]

Entrants[edit]

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for the race. However, Nicholas Latifi drove in the first practice session for Williams.[3]

Championship standings before the race[edit]

Heading into the race Lewis Hamilton had 162 points and holds a 29 point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas with Sebastian Vettel third with 100 points followed by Max Verstappen on 88 and after him was Vettel's teammate Charles Leclerc who sits fifth with 72 points.

In the constructor standings Mercedes  lead  Ferrari with 295 points and have a 123 point lead having won all the previous races in the season so far. Red Bull are third with 124 points and McLaren are fourth with 30 points, just 2 points ahead of Renault who are on 28 points.[2]

Penalties[edit]

Daniil Kvyat was required to start from the back of the grid as he exceeded his quota of power unit components, using a 4th Internal Combustion Unit (ICE), 3rd Motor Generator Unit-Kinetic (MGU-K), 3rd Energy Store (ES), 3rd Control Electronics (CE), 4th Turbocharger (TC) and 4th Motor Generator Unit-Heat (MGU-H). George Russell was required to start from the back of the grid as he exceeded his quota of power unit components, using a 3rd Energy Store (ES) and 3rd Control Electronics (CE).

Circuit changes[edit]

Following the 2018 race, teams and drivers expressed concerns about the pit lane entry which saw cars enter the lane aimed directly at the Mercedes garage. In response the FIA announced that the pit lane entry would be moved to somewhere between turns 14 and 15 and also announced that the track would be resurfaced.

The FIA also announced that they had moved to clamp down any potential corner cutting ahead of the French Grand Prix weekend at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The nature of the track, which had prominently been used as a test venue in preceding years, meant that there was a lot of runoff for the drivers if they made a mistake. However, there had been bollards and signs placed around the circuit in order to stop the drivers taking advantage of the runoff area, ensuring they would lose time and rejoin the circuit safely. At turn 2, two yellow bollards had appeared along with some red and white signage to indicate where a driver should rejoin the circuit. The event notes state: "Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track, and who passes completely to the right of the first fluorescent yellow bollard on the apex of the corner, must keep completely to the right of the fluorescent yellow bollard and re-join the track by driving through the two arrays of blocks in the run-off by passing to the right of the first and to the left of the second." A similar system had been enforced further on in the first sector, at turns 3, 4, and 5.

The rules would not strictly apply to free practice sessions, and each case was supposed to be handled and analysed differently depending on the circumstance.[citation needed]

Free practice[edit]

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in FP1 followed by Valtteri Bottas. The Ferrari drivers were third and fourth, with Charles Leclerc ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

In FP2 it was another Mercedes 1–2 with Bottas leading Hamilton, and then Leclerc leading Vettel in 3–4. Early in the session Hamilton went off the track and joined unsafely, forcing Max Verstappen off the track when he rejoined. Hamilton was later summoned by the stewards but he received no penalty.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying classification[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.609 1:29.520 1:28.319 1
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.550 1:29.437 1:28.605 2
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.647 1:29.699 1:28.965 3
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:31.327 1:30.099 1:29.409 4
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:30.989 1:30.019 1:29.418 5
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:31.073 1:30.319 1:29.522 6
7 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.075 1:29.506 1:29.799 7
8 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:30.954 1:30.369 1:29.918 8
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:31.152 1:30.421 1:30.184 9
10 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:31.180 1:30.408 1:33.420 10
11 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:31.445 1:30.461 N/A 11
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:30.972 1:30.533 N/A 12
13 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:30.865 1:30.544 N/A 13
14 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:30.964 1:30.738 N/A 14
15 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:31.166 1:31.440 N/A 15
16 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:31.564 N/A N/A 191
17 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:31.626 N/A N/A 16
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:31.726 N/A N/A 17
19 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:32.789 N/A N/A 201
20 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1:33.205 N/A N/A 18
107% time: 1:36.888
Source:[4]
Notes

Race[edit]

Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole position ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc.[5] On the final lap, after a battle with McLaren's Lando Norris and Kimi Räikkönen, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo was given two penalties which demoted him from 7th to 11th.[6]

Race classification[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 1:24:31.198 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 53 +18.056 2 18
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 53 +18.985 3 15
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 53 +34.905 4 12
5 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 +1:02.796 7 111
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 53 +1:35.462 6 8
7 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 12 6
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 52 +1 lap 13 4
9 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 52 +1 lap 5 2
10 10 France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 52 +1 lap 9 1
11 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 52 +1 lap2 8
12 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 52 +1 lap 14
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 52 +1 lap 17
14 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 52 +1 lap 19
15 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 52 +1 lap 11
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 10
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 15
18 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 51 +2 laps 18
19 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 51 +2 laps 20
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 44 Retired 16
Fastest lap: Germany Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 1:32.740 (lap 53)
Source:[7]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.
  • ^2Daniel Ricciardo finished 7th, but received two 5-second time penalties, the first for gaining an advantage by leaving the track limits and the second for failing to rejoin the track safely.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019". formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Grands Prix France". statsF1.com. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 French Grand Prix – Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019 – Qualifying". Formula One. 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Hamilton takes commanding win in France as Bottas holds off Leclerc for second". Formula 1®. 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Ricciardo handed two post-race time penalties, loses French GP points". Formula 1®. 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019 – Race Result". Formula One. 23 June 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Driver Standings". Formula 1. 23 June 2019. Archived from the original on 24 June 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Constructor Standings". Formula 1. 23 June 2019. Archived from the original on 23 June 2019.

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