French Grand Prix 2021: Where to Watch, Timings & F1 Schedule for Free Practice?

Published 06/13/2021, 2:51 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)


This weekend is the 2021 French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard. As always, the race weekend is divided into two practice sessions on Friday, one practice and qualifying on Saturday. Finally, the Grand Prix closes the show on Sunday. On Friday, FP1 kicks off at 11:30 AM local time. Right on its heels comes the second session at 3:00 PM local time.

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The French Grand Prix comes two weeks after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, a race that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton would like to forget. The Dutchman crashed out after a dramatic puncture that Pirelli is investigating. Meanwhile, Hamilton failed to capitalize on the opportunity, locked up, and finished out of the points.

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What to expect from the French Grand Prix?

Admittedly, the Circuit Paul Ricard has a bit of a reputation that precedes it. The last two visits to the circuit have not exactly produced spectacular racing. However, the F1 community will be hoping that the third race at the track will be a lot different. It is also worth noting that this season in particular has been a lot more competitive.

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LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 leads Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2019, in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

To be precise, aside from the usual Mercedes and Red Bull dogfight, others are joining the party. The likes of Ferrari and McLaren are on a path of resurgence, while other teams are wildcards. This year, the midfield teams have inched a lot closer, so if something happened to the top 2 teams, the other teams went to capitalize.

For the moment, nobody knows how things will be at the Circuit Paul Ricard; however, Hamilton and Verstappen will be keen to redeem themselves. Hamilton lost his chance to retake his rightful spot at the top of the standings. Meanwhile, Verstappen lost his chance to extend his championship lead.

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