2021 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees Formula 1 once again in action as it returns to Circuit Paul Ricard. It is also set to be joined by FIA Formula 3.

In the latter series Norwegian Dennis Hauger goes to France leading the championship, two points ahead of Olli Caldwell with Frenchman Clement Novalak completing the top three in the championship.

Both Hauger and Caldwell won races during the opening weekend of the season, held at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya. The other race winner that weekend was Alex Smolyar who heads to France eighth in the championship.

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In Formula 1 Max Verstappen continues to lead Lewis Hamilton by four points at the top of the drivers’ championship. This after both failed to score points in Azerbaijan.

Third in the championship is Sergio Perez, the Mexican having claimed his first victory with Red Bull last time out. Perez is 32 points behind second placed Hamilton and has a three point advantage over fourth placed Lando Norris.

The Grand Prix last time out in Baku also saw Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel finish on the podium. They enter this weekend eighth and ninth in the championship respectively, with three points separating the two. Two points behind Vettel is Daniel Ricciardo while there is an 11 point gap between Gasly and seventh placed Carlos Sainz.

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In the constructors’ championship there is a 26 point margin between leaders Red Bull and second placed Mercedes. The latter having failed to score any points in Baku.

Ferrari are third in the championship, 54 points behind Mercedes. The Maranello based team’s main competition comes from McLaren who are only two points behind in fourth.

There is then a 53 point gap between McLaren and fifth placed AlphaTauri, despite the latter claiming its first double points finish of the season. Two points behind AlphaTauri are Aston Martin in sixth. There is then a 12 point gap between Aston Martin and Alpine.

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Alfa Romeo head to France eighth in the championship. They have managed to finish inside the top ten in the last two races with Antonio Giovinazzi scoring a point for the team in Monaco and Kimi Raikkonen following this up by also scoring a point in Baku.

It means the Swiss based team have a two point advantage over Haas and Williams. It is worth noting that Haas now sit in ninth in the constructors’ championship after Mick Schumacher was classified thirteenth in Azerbaijan. This is a better result than Williams have managed so far this season, the Grove based team’s best finish in 2021 to date being fourteenth, which it has achieved on three separate occasions.

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