2019 French Grand Prix

The 2019 French Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2019was a Formula One motor race on 23 June 2019 at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France. 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.

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

Championship standings before the race

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.

Penalties

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

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.

Qualifying

Qualifying classification

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
 19
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
 20
20
 88
 Poland Robert   Kubica
 Williams-   Mercedes
 1:33.205
 N/A
 N/A
 18
107% time: 1:36.888
Notes
  • ^1– Daniil Kvyat and George Russell were required to start from back of grid for exceeding their quotas of power unit components.

Race

Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole position ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc. 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.

Race classification

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
 11
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 lap
 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)
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.
  • ^2 – Daniel 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

Constructors’ Championship standings

 Pos.
 Constructor
 Points
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 1
 Germany Mercedes
 338
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 2
 Italy Ferrari
 198
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 3
 Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda
 137
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 4
 United Kingdom McLaren-Renault
 40
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 5
 France Renault
 32

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2019 RACE RESULTS

GRAND PRIX
  DATE
 WINNER
 CAR
 LAPS
  TIME
Australia
  17 Mar 2019
  Valtteri Bottas
 MERCEDES
   58
 1:25:27.325
Bahrain
  31 Mar 2019
  Lewis Hamilton
 MERCEDES
   57
 1:34:21.295
China
  14 Apr 2019
  Lewis Hamilton
 MERCEDES
   56
 1:32:06.350
Azerbaijan
  28 Apr 2019
  Valtteri Bottas
 MERCEDES
   51
 1:31:52.942
Spain
  12 May 2019
  Lewis Hamilton
 MERCEDES
   66
 1:35:50.443
Monaco
  26 May 2019
  Lewis Hamilton
 MERCEDES
   78
 1:43:28.437
Canada
  09 Jun 2019
  Lewis Hamilton
 MERCEDES
   70
 1:29:07.084
France
  23 Jun 2019
  Lewis Hamilton
 MERCEDES
   53
 1:24:31.198

 

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