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French GP (2019)

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The magic bullet Mercedes might have found

Mercedes has produced a perfect Formula 1 season so far in terms of race wins and there have been several theories expounded to explain this. After the team dominated again in France, our technical consultant thinks he's spotted a new reason.

Ricciardo: New surface stopped Renault from maximising upgrade

Daniel Ricciardo thinks not nailing the right set-up for the new track surface was to blame for Renault failing to get the most out of the upgrade package it brought to the French Grand Prix.

French GP: Best of team radio

Selected radio transcriptions from the French Grand Prix weekend, where Mercedes scored another 1-2 finish to continue its unbeaten record in 2019 Formula 1 season.

F1 race director Masi explains why Perez was penalised

F1 race director Michael Masi says he does not understand why Sergio Perez was upset at the French Grand Prix over his lap one penalty for gaining positions by cutting a corner.

Hamilton ignored instruction not to go for fastest lap

Lewis Hamilton ignored a message from his Mercedes Formula 1 team urging him not to go for fastest lap at the end of the French GP.

Russell says unseen move on Kubica was "hairy"

George Russell's damaged front wing meant he finished last in a Formula 1 race for the first time despite pulling off a superb unseen pass on Robert Kubica.

French Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2019 French Grand Prix may not have been the most exciting spectacle, but there were still plenty of performances that have earned praise

Haas: French GP "our worst weekend" in F1

Team boss Gunther Steiner has conceded the French Grand Prix weekend was the worst in his outfit's short Formula 1 history.

McLaren hails "impressive" Norris for "surviving" French GP

McLaren says that Lando Norris and the team's engineers were locked in a battle for "survival" in the closing laps of the French Grand Prix, as an hydraulic failure began to shut down the young British driver's car.

The wider significance of Hamilton's French GP masterclass

Lewis Hamilton ended up dominating the French GP, despite Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas appearing to have the measure of him early on. The race was anything but a classic, but its result offered three important lessons about this year's title fight

FIA: Quick start that "surprised" drivers was within the rules

The FIA says the quick change of start lights at the French Grand Prix should not have caught drivers by surprise, because it was well within what the rules allow.

Double penalty costs Ricciardo French GP points finish

Daniel Ricciardo has dropped from seventh place to 11th in the final results of the French Grand Prix after receiving two separate penalties for incidents on the last lap.

Hamilton: Blame rulemakers, not drivers for boring F1 races

Lewis Hamilton says boring Formula 1 races are not the drivers' fault and instead the blame lies at the rulemakers for a "constant cycle" of making bad decisions.

Vettel: Ferrari "failed" French GP objective

Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari “failed” to accomplish its objective for the French Grand Prix, as its updates didn't allow it to substantially reduce the deficit to its Formula 1 rival Mercedes.

Perez baffled by French GP penalty

Sergio Perez says he was baffled as to why he was penalised for his incident at the start of the French Grand Prix.

Hamilton was fearing repeat of Stroll tyre blowout

Lewis Hamilton said he feared a repeat of Lance Stroll’s spectacular blowout after suffering from “quite big blisters” on his front tyres during the French Grand Prix.

French GP: Hamilton leads processional Mercedes 1-2

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton absolutely dominated the French Grand Prix, leading every lap from pole position to extend his lead in the championship to 36 points.

French GP: Animated lapchart of the race

Check out our animated timeline visualization of the 2019 French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which charts the pitstops and position changes.

The French GP as it happened

Follow all the action from the French Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Vettel “didn't have grip” in final Q3 run after upshift mystery

Sebastian Vettel will start the French GP from seventh on the grid after a missed upshift caught him out on his first run in Q3 – leaving the Ferrari driver under pressure with just one run in which to set a time.

Gasly blames wrong set-up direction for qualifying struggle

Red Bull Racing's Pierre Gasly says he went the wrong way on set-up for qualifying for the French Grand Prix.

Grosjean "gutted" not to have Haas update for home race

Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he is “a bit gutted” that the new rear suspension is available to Kevin Magnussen rather than him for his home race in France.

Raikkonen escapes penalty for Grosjean incident

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen has escaped a penalty for impeding Romain Grosjean during French Grand Prix qualifying.

French GP: Starting grid in pictures

Here’s how the grid lines up for the 2019 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, the eighth round of the Formula 1 World Championship.