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French Grand Prix 2019 preview: Mercedes vs Ferrari clash

French Grand Prix 2019 preview: Mercedes vs Ferrari clash

After a heated debate that has not yet ended at the Canadian stage, F1 drivers will return to Europe with the 8th destination of the 2019 season in France this weekend.

The land that holds Ferrari's best memories can be the driving force for Sebastian Vettel's team to make the turning point of the season - stopping Mercedes's victory.

"Promised land" French GP helps Ferrari "revenge"

At F1 Canada recently, although Sebastian Vettel was the first to complete the track, the penalty of +5s resulted in the Ferrari driver losing to Lewis Hamilton. Even the tension escalated when Vettel expressed his frustration as he walked towards the rival racing car and changed the board to the first with a second board, before leaving without attending the interview after the race. required:

"Mercedes stole our victory!", Vettel said irritably.

After this hard-to-swallow defeat, it was clear that Ferrari needed a recognized victory to officially end Mercedes' unbeaten string of seasons in the 2019 season.

Ferrari has just revealed that it will bring a "small transformation" in the race at Paul Ricard Circuit this weekend. The Italian team seems to have figured out a way to solve the problems that prevented them from winning from the start of the season so far.

“Paul Ricard was a tough game last year and we know that this track is not in a good way for me. But nothing is impossible, especially when we are ready to do the best we can "- Ferrari captain Binotto said.

France also seems to be the "promised land" for Ferrari racing teams when they hold all the records at French GP with 17 pole wins, 17 times champion, 48 times standing on the podium, 14 fastest laps, 6061 km led and recorded a total of 370 points in France. That is also the reason that fans can hope for a recognized victory of Ferrari in French GP this weekend.

French Grand Prix - Paradise for speed

France has long been known as the cradle of speed sports, with the organization of tournaments 100 years ago. A series of unprecedented records of F1 history have been recorded on this land. The record of winning the pole belonged to Juan Manuel Fangio - Argentine racer with 5 times of the starting line in 1950, 1951, 1954, 1956 and 1957. Scot Jim Clark set a record four times in a row from 1962-1965.

Speaking of French GP, it is impossible not to mention the legendary racer Michael Schumacher, the record holder of the most winning with 8 first finishes at the Magny-Cours track of 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001 , 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Paul Ricard Circit has a clockwise direction. The track possesses 15 corners, including 9 right and 6 left. The length of each run is 5,861km, with 53 runs, the riders will have to perform 309,626km to complete the race.

The track consists of a line called Mistral up to 1.8 km long, which can allow riders to reach speeds of more than 300 km / h. This is an opportunity for racing cars to promote maximum performance, create top-level displays, "treat the eyes" of millions of speed followers following each road of F1 vehicles.

The burning Ferrari "pays hate" and Mercedes still shows their most frightening strength as stability. The world champion has won a seventh consecutive victory since early 2019 and has not shown signs of stopping. Will Mercedes continue to preserve the record series? Or will Ferrari get the first "sweet fruit" in the season at the "promised land" France GP? Please look forward to this weekend.

France GP 2019 race schedule (GMT+8)

Practice 1: Friday, June 21th at 17:00 - 18:30

Practice 2: Friday, June 21th at 21:00 - 22:30

Practice 3: Saturday 22th June at 18:00 - 19:00

Race classification: Saturday, June 22th at 21:00 - 22:00

Official race: Sunday, June 23th at 22:10-23:00