Will Hamilton & Mercedes claim back top spot?

Formula One is in France this weekend for the French Grand Prix, hoping to put the snooze fest of 2019 behind them.

The race was scheduled to take place last season but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, race organisers pulled the plug on the event with various circuits around Europe being called into the calendar as replacements for the cancelled events.

After making a mistake at the start of the three-lap sprint race in Azerbaijan after Max Verstappen’s tyre failure, Lewis Hamilton remains second in the driver’s standings behind Verstappen, with the Dutch driver holding a slim four points lead at the top.

Despite Mercedes winning the previous seven Constructor’s titles, it is Red Bull who also lead these standings with a 26 points lead, but that is only a race win along with the fastest lap bonus point difference so it is still very close.

The 2019 French Grand was well…awful. The fact that Formula One managed to get over six minutes of highlights out of that race is simply a miracle. We do have to remember the 2018 race which was action-packed at the beginning and features in our latest Youtube video, our Top 5 French Grand Prix Moments.

The French Grand Prix has taken place in a number of different circuits throughout the years, but it is the Circuit Paul Ricard where the action currently takes place and has done since the return of the French GP in 2018.

The circuit is known for its extravagant run-off areas that are blue and red and although create some incredible aerial shots, it is a little bit of an eyesore down at ground level.

Free Practice One kicks the weekend’s action off on Friday at 11.30 am Local time, 10.30 am in the UK. Free Practice Two kicks off at 3 pm local time, 2 pm in the UK.

On Saturday, Free Practice Three gets the day underway at 12 pm local time, 11 am in the UK. Qualifying then begins at 3 pm local time, 2 pm in the UK before the Grand Prix begins at 3 pm local time on Sunday, 2 pm in the UK.

Will Hamilton take back control of the Championship? Will Mercedes outscore Red Bull? Where will Bottas finish? There are so many questions that will get answered at this weekend’s French Grand Prix, let’s just hope it’s a good one.