It’s June. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And most importantly, it’s the French Grand Prix race week – the first of a triple-header. Formula 1 returns to France this weekend after a two-year absence (a lot of that happening these days). Here’s everything to watch out for heading into the French Grand Prix weekend…
Away from the Streets
The French Grand Prix is the first non-street circuit track F1 will visit since Barcelona, way back at the beginning of May.
Why is this important? Mercedes, you may have noticed, haven’t been doing too well lately. This weekend we find out if it’s because F1 was racing at street circuits instead of race tracks.
If Mercedes bounce back, it sets up some interesting dynamics for the rest of the season. It might be something, it might be nothing. But keep your eyes peeled either way.
Red Bull Charges On
Red Bull are bringing some upgrades to France with them this weekend. They’ll be hoping that it helps extend their lead in the Constructors’ Championship.
With a powerful dynamic duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, they’ll want to ensure that the momentum from the last two races carries forward into this triple header.
Moreover, if Perez is well and truly up to speed now, what does that mean for the inter-team battle at Red Bull? Are we about to see the bulls lock horns again?
Home Race for Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon have been having fairly decent seasons so far. The former even claiming a podium last time out in Baku.
With this weekend being their home race, both drivers will be looking to keep it clean and get a solid result. A podium for either is unlikely, but you never know in Formula 1.
Some Honey for the Badger?
Daniel Ricciardo has been struggling in his new McLaren this season. With six races now under his belt and a triple header coming his way, now would be the perfect time for the fan favourite Aussie to post and deliver it.
He finished just outside the points last time out in France in 2019 after a last lap tussle. I’m sure that he’ll be determined not to repeat that this time out. Here’s hoping he can send it.