French Grand Prix guide: What time does it start, TV channel, odds, predictions & track guide

Action from last year's French Grand Prix
Action from last year's French Grand Prix

All the key details ahead of the French Grand Prix, including the full weekend race schedule, start times and TV coverage, a track guide, latest odds and key quotes.


Contents

  1. French Grand Prix schedule & TV times
  2. Sky Bet odds
  3. F1 Insider tips
  4. Track guide
  5. Latest F1 Standings
  6. Last five winners

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French Grand Prix: Weekend schedule & TV guide

Friday June 21

  • Practice 1: 1000 BST
  • Practice 2: 1400 BST

Saturday June 22

  • Practice 3: 1100 BST
  • Qualifying: 1400 BST

Sunday June 23

  • Race: 1410 BST

TV coverage

Sky Sports F1 will be broadcasting the race and all the other sessions live. 

French Grand Prix: Sky Bet odds

Sky Bet have Lewis Hamilton as their clear favourite to win at even-money, with Valtteri Bottas next in a demonstration that Mercedes are expected to dominate.

Sebastian Vettel is next ahead of Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc and it's 18/1 and bigger the rest.

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F1 Insider

Hamilton has won five of the seven races to date and last year's French Grand Prix was arguably the champion's easiest cruise of the season. An early accident between his team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel nullified his main threats and the Mercedes man took victory by over seven seconds from Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

This year his biggest challenge is likely to be to ensure he prevents Bottas from taking pole on Saturday to ensure he is in a position to control the race. The Finn leads 3-2 on that metric but Hamilton had the edge here 12 months ago and looks a solid favourite to head the grid again. Even money looks very fair for the championship leader to make it six wins from eight.

Verstappen's challenge since he got his hands on a podium-contending car has been to qualify in a position from which he can exploit the Red Bull's race pace.

His consistency over the last few months has been extraordinary - his fifth place in Canada was the first race in 12 that he had been out of the top four - but only Monaco has seen him qualify in the top three this season.

That might not change at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Saturday but he should have similar race pace to the Ferraris on Sunday and pair his prodigious wheel-to-wheel skills with Red Bull's strategic guile to find a way past.

Two podiums from seven outings in 2019 suggests the 5/2 for a top-three finish is at least fair, and this track should be better suited to his package than most of those that have gone before.

French Grand Prix: Track guide

  • Venue: Circuit Paul Ricard
  • Circuit length: 5.842km (3.630mi)
  • Race distance: 309.690km (192.432mi)
  • Laps: 53
  • Turns: 15
  • 2018 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2018 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2018 fastest race lap: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

Formula One driver standings

After Canadian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 162
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 133
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 100
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 88
  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) - 72
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) - 36
  • Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren) - 18
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) - 16
  • Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - 14
  • Sergio Perez (Racing Point) - 13
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing) - 13
  • Lando Norris (McLaren) - 12
  • Nico Hulkenburg (Renault) - 12
  • Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) - 10
  • Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) - 7
  • Lance Stroll (Racing Point) - 6
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 2
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing) - 0
  • George Russell (Williams) - 0
  • Robert Kubica (Williams) - 0

French Grand Prix: Last five podiums

2018

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2017

No race

2016

No race

2015

No race

2014

No race

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