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French Grand Prix 2019 preview, time & schedule: Lewis Hamilton's reign continues?

French Grand Prix 2019 preview, time & schedule: Lewis Hamilton's reign continues?

Ferrari showed some rebound in the last Canadian Grand Prix, but the current odds are not optimistic about them. To be able to go further, Ferrari’s first win of French Grand Prix 2019 may require further waiting.

After two weeks of truce, F1's eighth round of the French Grand Prix this season will kick off this weekend. Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton has won three consecutive races. He is still the biggest favourite in this race. Ferrari showed some rebound in the last Canadian Grand Prix, but the current odds are not optimistic about them. To be able to go further, Ferrari’s first win of the season may require further waiting.

For the financial reasons, the French Grand Prix had been away from F1 for ten years and did not return to the F1 calendar until last season. Today's French Grand Prix is ​​held at the Paul Ricard Circuit, a historic track in Le Castellet, France, built in 1969. It was hosted 14 times between 1971 and 1990. The F1 French Grand Prix has always enjoyed a good reputation.

In the past few years, the Paul Ricard track has appeared in the public eye as a test track. It is said that this track can provide up to 170 track layouts, from the progress of last year's game. The hardware of the track is still quite good. The track has a narrow road and belongs to a high-speed track. Its biggest feature is the 1.8-kilometer straight road.

However, after confirming the F1 race, the layout of the track was adjusted. The group deceleration bend is divided into two sections. In general, the requirements for the engine on this track are higher than the requirements for the pressure on the car. Mercedes' advantage here will be more obvious.

French Grand Prix 2019 preview, time & schedule: Lewis Hamiltons reign continues?

In last year's French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team took the pole position and the championship. This season, Mercedes's dominance has become even more horrible. In the first five races, all the champions and runners-up have been won. In the last two races, the Ferrari team's Sebastian Vettel won two runners-up, but the champions were all Hamilton take away.

In the last round of the Canadian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel had hoped to help Ferrari team win the first season of the season, but because he returned to the track after a rush to the track, he was fined 5 seconds and he lost the championship. After the game, both Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team were very angry, but they also seemed to have gained a lot of confidence from this regret.

In addition to the traditional three major teams, the performance of the Renault team at home is also worth paying attention to. Currently they are the team with the fastest speed in the top three. The Haas team and the racing team, which had been optimistic before, have recently fallen behind.

In the current driver's standings, Lewis Hamilton led the standings with 162 points, teammate Valtteri Bottas ranked second with 133 points, Sebastian Vettel ranked third with 100 points, followed by Max Verstappen's 88 points and Charles Leclerc scored 72 points. In the team standings, Mercedes ranked first with 295 points, the leading Ferrari team had a 123-point advantage, Red Bull Racing ranked third with 124 points, followed by McLaren's 30 points and Renault's 28 points.

French Grand Prix 2019 preview, time & schedule: Lewis Hamiltons reign continues?

In the current winning odds given by the bookmakers, Lewis Hamilton's odds of winning the championship are 1.83 at the top of the list; for Valtteri Bottas with 1 loss of 3.75, Sebastian Vettel is ranked at 1 for 5.5. Third, followed by Charles Leclerc 's 1 loss of 6.5 and Max Verstappen's 1 loss of 23. In qualifying, Hamilton's odds of getting pole position is 1 for 1.80, Botas is 1 for 4, and Vettel is 1 for 4.75.

In this season's championship odds, Lewis Hamilton's defending champion's odds are only 1 for 1.14, Valtteri Bottas's odds are 1 for 7, and Sebastian Vettel's counter-attack is 1 for 26. In terms of the championship of the team, the success rate of Mercedes team defending has been as low as 1 to 1.01, which means that the bet of 100 yuan can only get 1 yuan of profit, and the odds of Ferrari's later will be 1 to 15.

The 2019 season F1 French Grand Prix specific time schedule (GMT +8)

Friday, June 21st

17:00-18:30: The first free practice session

21:00-22:30: Second free practice session

Saturday, June 22th

18:00-19:00: The third free practice session

21:00-22:00: French station qualifying

Sunday, June 23th

21:10 - 23:10 the next day: the French race

Track information:

Paul Ricard Raceway

Number of laps: 53 laps

Total length of the game: 309.69 km

Last season's winner: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes team)