Le Grand Prix de la République
A day before the French GP in Paul Ricard's and different things appear to occupy the F1 community. What to look for? Who to look after?
The circuit's layout. Credit goes to The Car Guy.
Lets start from the circuit
Built 50 years ago, Paul Ricard Circuit is one of the most interesting circuits of the season. With 15 turns, with 2 (almost 3) long straights and a Bottas lap record (1:34.225) this circuit is an original combination between challenging turns and chicanes, along with straights which can get the drivers to staggering speeds. This place is for all types of aerodynamic fittings, which can pay equal for all teams and thats what makes this GP even more interesting.
Probably the most controversial podium in the last few years.
Recovering from Canada
The Canadian GP, only 2 weeks ago, made the biggest impact and reaction of the season. After being penalized with possibly the most controversial penalty in the last few seasons, Vettel finished 2nd after Hamilton in a race which will be remembered for years. The drivers, the teams and most heavily, the fans - all made a huge fuss about the penalty which took the win from Ferrari and brought Hamilton one race closer to equal mighty Schumacher's all time record. Much have been said about this penalty, with veteran F1 champions sharing their point of view, but one thing is certain - we all to need to just f****** let go of this. Lets enjoy the coming race, and hope that the growing rivalry between Vettel and Hamilton will induce the best race possible.
The Mclarens - show us your ace of spades. Credit goes to f1.com
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi?
11th for Sainz and an unfortunate DNF for Norris in Canada means 2 things for Mclaren: the first is that they have a driver who almost scored a point after a weak start of the season, and second, that they have a young driver who is eager to finish in a good place in France. Norris couldn't finish the race due to a failure of the suspension and is probably anxiously waiting to show his skills this weekend. 2 drivers who are highly motivated = excellent race for us. I seriously hope that these 2 talented drivers will manage to restore the old glory of the marque.
The Aussie and the German in their French cars. Credit goes to Motorsport Week
A home race for Renault
After finishing tremendously 6th and 7th in Canada, Renault is now 5th as a team. Hulkenberg & Riccardo are doing their best to prove themselves that Renault is their natural habitat this season, and things are going pretty good lately, especially after finishing with their engine's reliability saga. Like every other team or driver - a home GP is their place to shine bright, and to score critical points out of the local crowd's sympathy.
Credit goes to Evening Standard
Another "rejoining the circuit in an unsafe manner" in FP2
This time it was Hamilton who took turn 5 too wide and found himself outside of the circuit. He then joined back in, but it was Verstappen behind him who finished the turn successfully and found Hamilton too close. The stewards have investigated along with the two drivers and decided that no further action should be taken. This is a minor incident, although it reflects how these "rejoining" incidents are in top priority for the stewards, and how catious the drivers should be - for better or worse. Lets just hope for a stewards-free GP tomorrow.
Credit goes to La Provence
The man behind the circuit and the famous Pastis Ricard: Paul Ricard (1909-1997)