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The events of the Canadian Grand Prix still have many talking, however its time for Formula One to put that behind and go racing again back on European soil in France. Join The Roar for a live blog from 11:10pm AEST.
2019 sees the second French Grand Prix since it returned to the calendar last year and the second race at the mesmerising 5.8km Circuit Paul Ricard.
It’s a 53-lap race on the fast and technical layout of the famous test circuit and one of the main talking points so far in the weekend, has been the tyres which the soft compound has been described as ‘melted chocolate’.
Unless the tyres are severely managed, it could be a two-stop race for some. Though look out for the leading the drivers who may have set their fastest Q2 laps on the medium tyre -to try and attempt a single stopper.
Mercedes AMG couldn’t be stopped however from another front-row lockout, with Lewis Hamilton this time claiming pole position ahead of his teammate in Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas has a 29-point deficit to Hamilton in the standings and the onus is very much on the Finn to inflict some kind of retaliation to keep in touching distance of his teammate and championship leader.
More than half-a-second behind the Silver Arrows was Charles Leclerc for Ferrari in third, who in turn qualified ahead of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull which has a power-unit upgrade this weekend.
The surprise from qualifying was to see McLaren as the best of the rest team and to have put themselves ahead on the grid of Sebastian Vettel, who starts the race from a lowly seventh and French manufacturer Renault – who have Daniel Ricciardo in eighth and Nico Hulkenberg thirteenth.
Career-best result in qualifying for Lando Norris in fifth, who heads up an all McLaren third row of the grid, ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz.
For the local drivers, it wasn’t the greatest of sessions as Pierre Gasly in the Red Bull was the best represented French driver in ninth.
Romain Grosjean along with the Haas outfit had one to forget, as the experienced Frenchman was eliminated in Q1 early on.
With another front-row lockout for Mercedes, can the silver juggernaut have their streak broken in 2019? And can anyone stop Hamilton making it four wins on the bounce?
Tune in on The Roar for live blog coverage of the French Grand Prix from 11:10pm AEST and see who will reign at Paul Ricard.