French F1 Grand Prix 2021: Will Weather Make Things Exciting at Paul Ricard?

Published 06/12/2021, 12:04 PM EDT
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 leads Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C38 Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2019 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


In the coming weekend, the Formula One paddock visits the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet for the French Grand Prix. At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen endured pointless races.

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In the case of the latter, he crashed out when his tire exploded. Meanwhile, Hamilton locked up on the restart and dropped to near the end of the pack.

Now, the two drivers are eager for redemption and to break the status quo between them. We can only find out once the paddock touches base in France.

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Speaking of which, there is a chance that the weather could play spoilsport. This is because Friday Practice could witness some intermittent showers with temperatures ranging between 83°F and 68°F.

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Meanwhile, Saturday will witness cloudy conditions with temperatures between 86°F and 70°F. Finally, Sunday’s race takes place in similar conditions with temperatures between 69°F and 87°F.

What to expect from the French Grand Prix?

To be honest, many fans will be praying for the rain to spice things up. This is because the past few editions of the French Grand Prix have been fairly underwhelming.

So the fans will be hoping that some precipitation will make things exciting. On the other hand, the 2021 grid has become a lot more competitive this season.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Start during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2019 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

In other words, many will be praying that the gods intervene to create excitement. One thing is for sure, the Red Bull-Mercedes dogfight will only intensify.

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Both Hamilton and Verstappen have a lot to lose, especially after enduring poor races in Azerbaijan. For Hamilton, it is doubly important as he has had two bad races in a row.

Meanwhile, Red Bull will be keen to continue their good form with Sergio Perez joining the party. Finally, Valtteri Bottas will be another driver on the path to redemption.

However, there are a few wildcards like a resurgent Ferrari and McLaren, with cameos from AlphaTauri, Aston Martin, and Alpine.

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