The F1 2021 season has not failed to disappoint so far, and the French qualifying session keeps that trend alive!
The French Grand Prix race day is up next - notorious for the many overtaking opportunities.
Check out all the latest below, including details on how you can watch the next race of the season, with dates, times, TV details and streaming services in the UK and US.
LATEST - Verstappen Takes Pole, Hamilton 2nd
It was an exciting finish to the qualifying session in France as Verstappen took pole comfortably, and Hamilton, Bottas and Perez scrapped it out for 2nd place.
Verstappen was the only driver to post a time below 1:30, just about, at 1:29:990. Hamilton came in at +0.258, Bottas at +0.386 and Perez at +0.455.
Verstappen tops second practice at Paul Ricard, just 0.008s quicker than Bottas
Verstappen began on medium tyres and clattered his front wing on the Turn 2 kerbs, bringing out a Virtual Safety Car after 15 minutes – but shrugged that off to set the quickest time of 1m32.872s on softs – just 0.008s faster than Bottas' best time, which was set on medium tyres.
Reigning champion Hamilton was 0.253s off Verstappen, having complained of car balance issues during his race simulations.
Incidentally, the Silver Arrows swapped Hamilton and Bottas' chassis for this weekend – something they said is customary at this point of the season – but insisted that there would be no performance difference due to the swap.
How to watch the French Grand Prix
Sky Sports French GP Schedule
- Practice 1 - From 10am on Friday, 18 June (Sky Sports F1 HD)
- Practice 2 - From 1:45pm on Friday, 18 June (Sky Sports F1 HD)
- Practice 3 - From 10:45am on Saturday, 19 June (Sky Sports F1 HD)
- Qualifying - From 1pm on Saturday, 19 June (Sky Sports F1 HD)
- Grand Prix Sunday - From 12:30pm (Race from 2pm) on Sunday, 20 June (Sky Sports F1 HD)
All times UK.
There will also be extended highlights of the French GP on Channel 4.
Channel 4 French GP Schedule
- Qualifying Highlights - Saturday, 19 June (time tbc)
- Grand Prix Highlights - Sunday, 20 June (time tbc)
All times UK.
In the USA, it's ESPN that will be providing comprehensive coverage of the 2021 French Grand Prix and provide races on every other circuit in the months to come.
ESPN French Schedule
- Practice 1 - Friday, 18 June - From 5:25am (ESPN 2)
- Practice 2 - Friday, 18 June - From 8:55am (ESPN U)
- Practice 3 - Saturday, 19 June - From 5:55am (ESPN 2)
- Qualifying - Saturday, 19 June - From 8:55am (ESPN 2)
- Grand Prix Sunday - Sunday, 20 June - From 7:30am (race at 9am) (ESPN)
All times Eastern.
French Grand Prix Weekend Timetable
Practice 1 - Friday, 18 June - 5:30-6:30am / 10:30-11:30am BST / 11:30-12:30pm CET
Practice 2 - Friday, 18 June - 9-10am ET / 2-3m BST / 3-4pm CET
Practice 3 - Saturday, 19 June - 6-7am ET / 11am-12pm BST / 12pm-1pm CET
Qualifying - Saturday, 19 June - 9-10am ET / 2-3pm BST / 3-4pm CET
Race - Sunday, 20 June - 9-11am ET / 2-4pm BST / 3-5pm CET
Current Driver Standings
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez claimed a surprise victory at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after a sprint to the finish saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton lock up into Turn 1 at the restart.
As a result, the Briton finished outside of the points.
Main championship rival, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, also finished out of the points following a bizarre crash which saw his left rear Pirelli tyre receive a puncture. Hamilton also finishing outside of the points negated this.
Sebastian Vettel bagged his first points of the season in Monaco and claimed the teams’ first ever F1 podium in Azerbaijan.
The German drove a solid race, running long in the first stint and saving a set of fresh tyres for the sprint finish - Vettel has moved into the top ten in the standings.
Red Bull have pulled further ahead in the 2021 Constructor Championship!
Aston Martin climb the leaderboard, following an excellent first podium finish from Sebastian Vettel in Baku.
The Haas and Williams teams are still both yet to score points this season.
French GP Circuit Guide
The drivers will head to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix.
The Circuit Paul Ricard’s even distribution of high, medium and low-speed corners is a key reason why it’s one of the most used test circuits in the world, along with the typically good weather.
Number of Laps: 53
Circuit Length: 5.842km
Race Distance: 309.69 km
Lap Record: 1:32.740 - Sebastian Vettel (2019)