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Full Race Weekend LIVE Converage French Grand Prix Le Castellet
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24 Jun 18:09 Thanks for joining our coverage of the French GP, it was action-packed from the opening lap and we saw lots of retirements and overtaking. Hope you enjoyed it, goodbye for now. 
24 Jun 18:07 Summary: Hamilton claims his third win of 2018 to equal Vettel and now leads the championship by 14 points after the German could only manage 5th place. 
24 Jun 17:44 Lewis Hamilton wins the French GP at Paul Ricard. 
24 Jun 17:44 Lewis Hamilton wins the French GP at Paul Ricard. 
24 Jun 17:42 VSC period ends. 
24 Jun 17:40 VSC deployed.
24 Jun 17:38 Last Sunday Fernando Alonso won Le Mans, this week he's in last place. Eish
24 Jun 17:35 5 laps to go!
24 Jun 17:33 Kimi cuts in front of Ricciardo down the mistral straight to take P3, brilliant move. 
24 Jun 17:27 Raikkonen told:"Ricciardo may have a problem in front of you so keep pushing"
24 Jun 17:23 Bottas pits, but has an issue with his right rear and loses three places. 
24 Jun 17:21 Vettel lets team mate Raikkonen past into P4. 
24 Jun 17:20 Vettel is very slow at the moment, losing two secs on a lap. 
24 Jun 17:14 Ricciardo into P3 after an easy overtake on Vettel. 
24 Jun 17:09 5s time penalty for Grosjean for causing a collision.
24 Jun 17:07 Engine issue confirmed as the reason behind Force India retiring Perez's car. 
24 Jun 17:05 Sergio Perez is the latest retirement at the French GP, Force India have no cars left in the race. 
24 Jun 17:04 Ricciardo pits and Vettel manages to sneak ahead of the Australian. 
24 Jun 17:00 Hamilton puts in another quick lap of 1:35.663.  
24 Jun 16:57 Hamilton is 6.9 secs clear over Verstappen. 
24 Jun 16:46 Sirotkin under investigation by stewards for driving unnecessarily slowly behind the SC. 
24 Jun 16:46 Lap 18 and Hamilton still leads the two Red Bulls. 
24 Jun 16:40 Vettel makes mince meat of Grosjean and is now in P8. 
24 Jun 16:36 Vettel is flying on his soft tyres, up to P10 now. 21 seconds behind the leader Hamilton. 
24 Jun 16:34 Race control: Time penalty of 5 seconds for Vettel, causing a collision.
24 Jun 16:32 Daniel Ricciardo moves up into P3, after passing Perez. Mercedes, Red Bull, Red Bull occupy the podium places. 
24 Jun 16:30 Vettel is already up to P14 after passing Marcus Ericsson. 
24 Jun 16:28 Hamilton slots in a quickest lap of the race so far: 1:37.688
24 Jun 16:27 Kimi Raikkonen up to P6 after overtaking Le Clerc. 
24 Jun 16:26 SC leaves the track as we're back racing. 
24 Jun 16:24 Gasly and Ocon under investigation for causing a collision. 

24 Jun 16:20 Hamilton leads the race from Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. 
24 Jun 16:19 Vettel/Bottas incident under investigation by the French stewards. 
FINISH Hamilton wishes everyone a "happy Sunday" after taking the chequered flag. We'll leave you on that note. Thank you for your company and do join us again next week for the Austrian GP. Cheers.
FINISH No way through for Bottas as Magnussen takes P6 with the Finn seventh and Sainz P8. Hulkenberg and Leclerc complete the top 10.
FINISH Verstappen takes P2 while Raikkonen gets the final podium position. Then you have Ricciardo and Vettel. Can Bottas sneak past Magnussen for P6?
FINISH Hamilton wins the 2018 French Grand Prix. He returns to the top of the standings with the victory.
Lap 53 The VSC is ending, but that's only half a lap under normal conditions.
Lap 53 This VSC is good news for Sainz as he should be able to nurse his car to the end.
Lap 52 We are likely to finish the race behind the Virtual Safety Car as there is quite a bit of debris on the track.
Lap 52 The Virtual Safety Car has been deployed.
Lap 51 Stroll tells the team that his "tyre blew". Replays show it suddenly disintegrated.
Lap 51 There's a yellow flag at Sector 2 as Stroll has hit the barriers.
Lap 50 Sainz is told "we are looking into it, Carlos, keep pushing". Magnussen and Bottas don't care as they pass him.
Lap 50 Bad news for Sainz as he tells the team "I have a problem". Looks like he has lost power. Magnussen and Bottas are ready to pick up the pieces.
Lap 50 Alonso has pitted again for a new set of tyres. Looks like they are going after a fastest lap here. He is down in P17.
Lap 49 The gap at the front is back up to 4.1s and Horner is asked if Hamilton is "teasing with them" and he admits the Merc driver is "toying" with Verstappen in P2.
Lap 48 Bottas has caught up with Magnussen and he is now within DRS range of the Haas driver.
Lap 48 Verstappen is keeping Hamilton honest at the front as the lead is 3.8s.
Lap 47 Here comes Raikkonen again on the Mistral straight and this time there is no comeback from Ricciardo. The Finn is up to P3.
Lap 47 Here comes Raikkonen on Ricciardo and he tries to go on the outside at both Turn 2 and Turn 3, but now way through.
Lap 47 Alonso's afternoon just got a bit worse as he is passed by his team-mate Vandoorne. The Belgian is up to P12 with that move.
Lap 46 Ricciardo runs into traffic and this will help Raikkkonen nicely as the gap is less than a second. Of course, Raikkonen also has to drive through this traffic.
Lap 45 Back to the battle over P3, Raikkonen should catch up to Ricciardo before the end of this race.
Lap 44 Bottas still has P6 in his sights as he is now 2.6s behind Magnussen in seventh place while the Dane is another four seconds behind Sainz.
Lap 43 Raikkonen is told to keep pushing as he can still catch Ricciardo, who is only 3.2s ahead of him in third place.
Lap 42 Verstappen is asked about the vibration and he says "it's not too bad".
Lap 42 New fastest lap of 1:34.594 from Raikkonen. He is five seconds behind Ricciardo.
Lap 41 With Bottas now in P9, Ferrari decide to pit Vettel for ultrasofts. He did take his five-second penalty. he rejoins in P5.
Lap 40 Bottas pits, but it's a longish one as as there was a problem with the right-rear. He was stationary for a long time and lost three places and is now P9.
Lap 40 Another moan from Alonso as he shouts "no tyres, no breaks, we are out of the points".
Lap 40 Vettel, now down to P5, is clearly struggling with his tyres and he is 21s ahead of Bottas.
Lap 39 Raikkonen has caught up with Vettel, but the German holds him off for a couple of corners before finally moving out of the way.
Lap 39 Leclerc on Hartley along the straight and he passes the Toro Rosso.
Lap 38 Hulkenberg finally pits and he rejoins in 10th place, ahead of Hartley.
Lap 38 Here is Magnussen on Vandoorne and he completes the job at the chicane with the help of DRS. he is up to P9.
Lap 38 Vettel is lapping slower than his team-mate Raikkonen and he could be forced to make another stop. Raikkonen is now less than four seconds off the German.
Lap 37 Sainzs moves up to eighth as he passes Vandoorne. The McLaren drivers are not having a good afternoon.
Lap 36 Leclerc gets past Alonso and his Sauber team-mate is next up.
Lap 36 Leclerc is up to P14 and he is now putting pressure on Alonso, who is having a frustrating afternoon. The Spaniard wasn't very happy with Vettel as he made contact with the Ferrari during the lap one contact.
Lap 35 And P4 turns into P3 for Ricciardo as Raikkonen finally pits and rejoins behind Vettel. Raikkonen and Ferrari have opted for the supersofts.
Lap 35 Christian Horner says Ricciardo will "definitely give it a go". And his driver does indeed have a go as he ducks on the inside to up to P4.
Lap 34 Ricciardo is starting to put pressure on Vettel, who is P4, as the gap is less than a second.
Lap 34 Hamilton is told to 'box, box' and he ducks into the pits for softs. He rejoins behind Raikkonen, who is yet to stop.
Lap 33 Leclerc goes around Stroll on the outside to move up to P15.
Lap 33 Leclerc pits and he takes on the supersoft tyres. He rejoins in P16, but quite a few drivers ahead of him still have to stop.
Lap 32 Grosjean has now received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision on the opening lap. He is down in P9, two seconds behind Leclerc.
Lap 32 Verstappen reports a "big vibration" to the Red Bull pit wall.
Lap 31 The top two, Hamilton and Raikkonen, are yet to stop. Raikkonen, though, is set to lose a place to team-mate Vettel when he pits.
Lap 30 Perez is told to pit as there is a problem. He won't be rejoining the race. They wheel him back into the Force India garage. "Possible engine issue," he is told.
Lap 29 So Ricciardo has lost a place to Vettel after that pit stop. However, Vettel still has a five-second penalty that will be added to his time if he doesn't stop again.
Lap 29 The Red Bull mechanics are out again and this will be for Ricciardo. The Australian is into the pits for a new set of softs. He rejoins in P5 behind Vettel.
Lap 28 Bottas is now less than a second adrift of Leclerc in P8.
Lap 27 No further action involving Grosjean's first-lap incident.
Lap 27 Sirotkin has received a five-second time penalty for driving too slow behind the Safety Car.
Lap 27 Hamilton is putting his foot down now as he posts a new fastest lap of 1:35.663.
Lap 26 That was nifty work from the Red Bull pit crew.
Lap 26 Red Bull are first to blink as Verstappen goes in for a pit stop. He takes on a set of softs and rejoins just ahead of Vettel, who is P4.
Lap 25 Leclerc tells the team "there is something wrong with my tyres". he has Bottas behind him.
Lap 25 Leclear was pushing too hard and he went wide and off the track. He's lost a place as Hulkenberg picked up the place.
Lap 24 Grosjean wasn't very happy with Bottas after the Merc man gained a place a couple of laps down, tell the team "Bottas pushed me off the track".
Lap 23 Ricciardo is told "there is a bit of weather over the hills".
Lap 23 Leclear is putting pressure on Magnussen in P7. He has DRS available to him, but he's not close enough just yet.
Lap 22 Ricciardo has picked up the pace as he needs to have a decent gap over Raikkonen to avoid a possible undercut. Looks like he has managed to do that as he has a five-second lead.
Lap 22 Alonso is told that rain is expected in the next 20 minutes.
Lap 21 Hamilton has a five-second lead over Verstappen, who in turn is 3.4s ahead of Ricciardo.
Lap 20 Vettel has now caught up with Sainz, who is P5. He gains on the Renault in Mistral straight and he comfortably gets past.
Lap 19 Here comes Bottas on Grosjean and he simply outmuscles the Haas to move into P10.
Lap 19 Vettel has picked up another place as he is into P6, but he is 28s behind race leader Hamilton.
Lap 18 Hamilton has picked up the pace at the front and his gap over Verstappen is now more than four seconds ahead.
Lap 17 Vettel has caught up with Leclerc. Yet another seamless passing move from Vettel as he moves into P7.
Lap 17 New fastest lap of 1:36.769 from Raikkonen, who is P4.
Lap 17 Hulkenberg goes after the Haas and he again gets into the slipstream and uses the DRS to pass Grosjean.
Lap 17 Sergey Sirotkin is now under investigation for driving too slow behind the Safety Car.
Lap 16 Hulkenberg is told "let's go after that Haas, looks like he is in trouble". That Haas is Grosjean in P9.
Lap 16 Hulkenberg is into the slipstream of Perez and the German moves past the Force India driver. Now Perez is under pressure from Bottas and the Mexican loses another place.
Lap 15 And Vettel is now in P8 as Grosjean basically moves aside to allow the Ferrari to move past him.
Lap 15 Hamilton is really settling into this race as his leads increases to 3.5s.
Lap 14 Grosjean is next up for Vettel and the Haas driver has 3.2s lead over the Ferrari man, but that will disappear in quick time.
Lap 13 Another place for Vettel as he moves past Perez and into P9.
Lap 13 Vettel is now within DRS range of Perez with the gap 0.333s.
Lap 12 Romain Grosjean is also under investigation for leaving the track and gaining an advantage on the opening lap.
Lap 12 Meanwhile, Bottas is stuck down in P12.
Lap 12 Here's Vettel on Hulkenberg and he is up to P10 as he makes his move on the inside.
Lap 11 Hamilton leads Vettel, who is P11, by 21s and that's not enough as things stand as you need about 25s for a pit stop.
Lap 11 Ricciardo is told that Vettel has a five-second penalty, but he is on the soft tyres and doesn't need to pit again.
Lap 10 Sainz is now under pressure from Raikkonen. The Ferrari man is within DRS range and it's easy as he completes the job at the chicane.
Lap 10 Vettel has a five-second time penalty for causing the accident involving Bottas.
Lap 9 Another place for Vettel as he moves past Vandoorne. Ricciardo has managed to slip past Sainz and he moves into the podium positions. he is 4.1s behind his team-mate.
Lap 9 Raikkonen is up into P5 as he ducks on the inside of Magnussen.
Lap 8 Ricciardo is all over the back of the Renault of Sainz. DRS has been enabled, by the way. He needs to get past this Renault if he is to battle his team-mate Verstappen for P2, or challenge Hamilton for P1.
Lap 8 Vettel has a look at Ericsson in P12. He simply barges past the Sauber driver at the chicane.
Lap 8 Hamilton is putting his foot down as his fastest lap of 1:37454 puts him 1.5s clear of Verstappen.
Lap 7 Vettel gets another place as he passes Stroll.
Lap 7 Raikkonen has managed to get ahead of Leclerc, who is now under pressure from Grosjean and Perez. The Sauber driver is struggling for pace.
Lap 6 Vettel is now up to P15 after the "mugging" of Alonso. Bottas is now P16.
Lap 6 Alonso's McLaren was pointing in the wrong direction for a minute, but he's back on track. He was nudged off the track by Vettel.
Lap 6 Here's Lecler on Magnussen. Raikkonen is not too far away from this scrap.
Lap 6 Hamilton backs the pack up and then speeds away. He's away from Verstappen, who has Sainz in his mirrors.
Lap 5 The Safety Car is coming in at the end of this lap.
Lap 5 The marshals are still clearing debris from the track. Verstappen reports there are still carbon bits.
Lap 4 So Bottas and Ferrari were the big losers while Verstappen was a big winner as he is up to P2 while Sainz is now P3 with Leclerc sixth, just ahead of Raikkonen.
Lap 4 For the record, Gasly and Ocon are the only two retirements so far.
Lap 4 Stewards are also looking into the incident between Gasly and Ocon.
Lap 4 Vettel and Bottas are expected to catch up to the pack after their early pit stops.
Lap 3 The incident between Vettel and Bottas is under investigation by the stewards.
Lap 3 Ocon was sent spinning around by Gasly and the Force India's tyre went rolling on the track. Several drivers were forced onto the run-off area.
Lap 2 Back to the start and Bottas was ahead of Vettel, but the Ferrari driver tagged the Merc and Bottas went spinning. Vettel locked up and nudged Bottas. There was contact between Ocon and Gasly at the back.
Lap 2 Bottas is also limping home with a left-rear puncture.
Lap 2 Hamilton leads from Verstappen, Sainz, Ricciardo, Magnussen and Leclerc.
Lap 2 Vettel's front wing is badly damaged. Gasly hit Ocon, Vettel made contact with Grosjean. Bottas got turned around and he may have been hit by Vettel.
Lap 2 Two Frenchman are out as Gasly is also parked.
Lap 1 Vettel has damage to the front left, but he will try to nurse the car back to the pits.
Lap 1 The Safety Car has been deployed.
Lap 1 One of the Haas cars made contact with Vettel.
Lap 1 Verstappen has moved into P2 after Bottas went sliding off. More cars sliding off at the back. Ocon has lost one of his wheels.
Lap 1 The lights go out and the French GP is underway. Hamilton and Bottas make solid starts. There was contact at the back. Bottas has spun off.
16:13 Don't forget the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers are the only ones in the top 10 on the supersofts.
16:11 Bottas is told there is still no rain in the air, but the clouds will continue to roll over.
16:10 Pole-sitter Hamilton leads the pack around the track on the formation lap. They are all away without any problems.
16:05 Okay time for a final cuppa before the race gets underway.
16:02 Back to the race and Christian Horner is another one who fears that "things will become very predictable after the start". Niki Lauda, meanwhile, doesn't want rain.
16:00 Plenty of overhead entertainment with people on hoverboards performing at the track.
15:58 Plenty of French flags in the main stand at Circuit Paul Ricard.
15:56 Time for the anthems and La Marseillaise is always a good one to listen to, but to be honest, this wasn't the best rendition.
15:55 Ricciardo is asked "chance of a podium" and he responds "there is always a chance, I'm a chancer".
15:54 Toto Wolff from Mercedes is asked to "tell us something" and he replies "start is going to be crucial".
15:50 It's currently 24 degrees Celsius while the track temp is 42 degrees. Skies are still clear.
15:44 Rain will be welcomed by most today as Raikkonen has already admitted it will be difficult to overtake. "We have seen it in a few races this year and it is difficult," was the ominous warning from the Finn.
15:41 One of the most impressive display so far this weekend has come from Leclerc, who starts a career-high P8. The Sauber rookie admits he would like some rain today as that would make things interesting.
15:35 The pit lane is now open, in case you didn't know.
15:33 Back to the grid and we forgot to mention that Hartley will in fact start at the back of the grid after Toro Rosso made changes to his power unit.
15:30 The tyres have been a big talking point after Ferrari opted to qualify on the ultrasofts. Their main rivals, Merc and Red Bull, will start on the supersofts.
15:26 Daniel Ricciardo is certainly hoping for some rain. "I am liking the look of these rain clouds. If it rains my race could be with any of the top six," the Australian feels.
15:23 Back to F1 and the FIA says there is a 60% chance of rain during the race, but it's likely to come after 5pm.
15:21 We'll be honest, we are also struggling to concentrate on F1 so if you find us going silent at any stage, it's probably because we are watching another channel.
15:17 We don't think we need to give you a score update as you're probably watching that instead of reading this commentary.
15:15 If you were wondering why this race is starting an hour later, well it's because of the FIFA World Cup match between England and Panama. Hamilton has admitted it will be hard to focus due to said game.
15:11 At the back of the grid you have the two Williams cars of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin with Stoffel Vandoorne and Brendon Hartley just ahead of them.
15:09 Then you have Carlos Sainz and the impressive Charles Leclerc while the Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean complete the top 10. Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg just missed out on Q3.
15:07 Back to 2018 and Lewis Hamilton starts P1 after beating Valtteri Bottas by 0.118s in qualifying. Behind the Merc drivers are Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen with the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and Raikkonen in the other Ferrari on the third row.
15:06 Here's a quick quiz question for you. Who was on pole at the 2008 French GP? Give up? It was Kimi Raikkonen.
15:03 In case you didn't know, the French GP returns to the F1 calendar today for the first time since 2008 when Felipe Massa won for Ferrari.
15:00 Greetings and welcome to our live coverage of the 2018 French Grand Prix from Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet.
17:07 The top ten for the race: HAM BOT VET VER RIC RAI SAI LEC MAG GRO
17:03 All the other drivers are now out on track, apart from Grosjean, obviously..
17:02 Kimi Raikkonen is the only man on track, and backs out of his flying lap having gone too deep at Turn 3, the scene of the crash for Grosjean.
16:59 The session has restarted, with nine drivers left in the session.
16:55 Unlike in practice, the clock stops with a red flag, meaning that the remaining nine drivers might have time for two runs.
16:53 RED FLAG! With 7:49 remaining. Romain Grosjean is out of the session having gone into the barrier after spinning at Turn 3.
16:52 Lewis Hamilton has provisional pole with a 1:30.222, just ahead of his team-mate Bottas.
16:49 Charles Leclerc is through to Q3 for the first time in his short career, with the two Mercedes, two Red Bulls, two Ferraris, two Haas cars and the lone Renault of Carlos Sainz.
16:43 Charles Leclerc gets through to Q3, giving Sauber their first appearance in the top ten shootout in 56 races. Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly miss out on the top ten in qualifying at their home race.
16:42 Hamilton (SS), Vettel (US) Raikkonen (US), Verstappen (SS), Bottas (SS), Grosjean (US), Magnussen (US), Ricciardo (SS), Sainz (US), Leclerc (US) go through to the top ten shootout. OCO HUL PER GAS ERI are out after Q2.
16:40 TIME IS UP.. Every driver is out on track as the clock runs to zero.
16:36 Sergio Perez puts his Force India into P10 with just over three minutes to go.
16:32 The two Mercedes and two Red Bulls are both on the supersofts (SS) while the other 11 drivers, including the two Ferraris have the ultras (US) on.
16:29 Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:30.6, with Bottas the only other man to be below a 1:32.
16:28 Verstappen puts in a 1:32.3, with Ricciardo just behind.
16:27 The drivers who make the top ten from this session will have to start the race tomorrow on the tyres they set these times on. A reminder of the three compounds: The purple-marked ultrasofts (US), the red-marked supersofts (SS) and the yellow-mark softs (S).
16:25 GREEN LIGHT: A queue of cars exits the pit lane immediately to make sure they get a lap in on slicks in case the rain does come down.
16:24 So both Williams and both McLarens are out of qualifying. Also coming out is the rain by the look of it, with some drivers commenting on the rain coming down.
15:20 HAM VER RAI BOT VET RIC GRO MAG SAI GAS LEC PER OCO ERI HUL are the 15 drivers to go through to Q2.
15:19 The bottom five are ALO HAR VAN SIR STR. Both McLarens and Williams go out, with Brendon Hartley, who will start from the back anyway.
15:18 TIME IS UP...
15:16 TWO MINUTES TO GO: Bottom five of VAN OCO PER SIR STR.
15:15 Marcus Ericsson moves up to P12, and is the only man not to make it into Q2 so far in 2018.
15:13 FIVE MINUTES TO GO: 11 to 15 is HUL HAR GAS OCO VAN with a bottom five of PER ALO ERI STR SIR.
15:11 Verstappen goes fastest again, with a 1:31.5.
15:09 Kimi Raikkonen now goes fastest, with the top four separated by just 0.256s.
15:08 The two Mercedes are now at the top, with Hamilton just ahead of Bottas and Verstappen, all in the 31s.
15:07 Max Verstappen takes his Red Bull into the 1:31s to take top spot so far in Q1.
15:04 Romain Grosjean is into the 1:32s at his home race.
15:03 Lance Stroll posts the first time of the session with a 1:34.725.
15:59 Q1 is about to start, with 18 minutes for the drivers to get through into Q2 by being in the top 15.
15:55 FIVE MINUTES TO GO: Who will take pole position this afternoon? We will find out within the next hour at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
15:53 No rain is expected in the opening twenty minutes, but it could come later on. The track surface has dried since this morning so the drivers should be on slicks to start with.
15:48 Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean will not take a penalty, and will be running an old engine for both qualifying and the race tomorrow.
15:46 No matter what happens in qualifying, Brendon Hartley will start from the back of the grid after a 35-place penalty for taking numerous different power unit parts.
15:41 Can the Ferraris recover from a poor showing on Friday, and can Sebastian Vettel secure a second pole position on the run? Or can Kimi Raikkonen grab his first pole since Monaco last year?
15:39 Valtteri Bottas topped the session this morning, making it three out of three for Mercedes, after Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both FP1 and FP2.
15:33 There was not much running in FP3 earlier this afternoon, as the rain came five minutes after the session began. Only the two Williams, two Toro Rossos, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc braved the elements towards the end of the session.
15:30 Hello and welcome to our commentary of today's Qualifying session for the French Grand Prix. Q1 starts in half an hour's time!
14:00 There is the chequered flag. A session ruined by the rain unfortunately. It could make for a very interesting qualifying later on. Join us again from 15:30 local time for all the build-up. Cheers.
13:59 The two Toro Rosso cars will be the last two cars out on track. Both going for a last-minute exploratory lap.
13:57 Both Williams cars and Alonso are back in the pits. A valuable feeler for the track should these conditions remain for qualifying.
13:55 Sergey Sirotkin also fancies a late run on the wets.
13:53 Alonso was even aquaplaning on the full wets. It is treacherous out there. He is joined on track by Williams' Lance Stroll.
13:50 Well look at this! Huge cheers from the brave souls in the grandstands as Fernando Alonso comes out of the pits on wet tyres!
13:42 No real improvement in the weather. We look set for a wash-out.
13:32 Ferrari are reporting the rain is set to stay for the reminder of the session. Would say it was fun whilst it lasted, but I would be lying.
13:28 Still raining, albeit not as heavy as it was around 15 minutes ago.
13:23 No red flags or suspended session by the way. With qualifying to come later the clock is ticking down. 37 minutes left of FP3 remaining.
13:21 It's still very warm in the south of the France, so when the rain decides to stop it hopefully won't take too long to dry out.
13:17 Still raining very heavily. No driver in any immediate rush to head back out on wet tyres just yet.
13:12 A nervy moment for Max Verstappen, who is wrestling with the car on those now useless soft tyres, He almost spins out on the very slippery track.
13:10 The rain is properly here now. It's tipping it down. Those out on track are carefully nursing their cars back to the pits.
13:05 Bottas posts a 1:33.666 to go top of the timesheets in the early stages. Hamilton is late out and is only now just starting his first hot lap.
13:03 Brollies are already going up and reports coming in from the drivers that the track is getting slippy. These slick tyres are not going to last long...
13:00 And we're off! Plenty of drivers heading out straight away with rain expected to arrive in five minutes.
12:57 Ferrari now saying risk of rain in this session is 80 per cent. That escalated quickly.
12:55 Five minutes until we get underway with FP3...
12:50 Rain was forecast for this afternoon and there is some lurking around. There is a 40 per cent chance of showers, but the blustery conditions are still here and are pushing the rain clouds out to sea. Thus concludes weather chat.
12:45 Much has been made of the confusing nature of the Circuit Paul Ricard and all of its different variations. Some drivers asked for the chicane to be removed from the Mistral Straight, but any changes would have to wait until next year due to the current regulations.
12:40 In case you missed it this morning, Honda have confirmed that Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley will start at the back of the grid after a whole new engine was fitted following his power unit blow-out in FP2 on Friday. A little nervous, Red Bull?
12:36 Lewis Hamilton topped both practice sessions on Friday, with Mercedes confirming that both he and Valtteri Bottas were using an upgraded 'Spec 2.1 engine with added goodness'. Gulp.
12:30 Hello and welcome to qualifying day at the French Grand Prix. First up, it's time to put the finishing touches together in the third and final practice session. 30 minutes until we get started and all times are local.
17:35 That is all for our coverage of Friday's practice sessions. Join us tomorrow for FP3 and Qualifying, with the third and final practice session starting at 1pm local time, 12pm BST. Thanks for being with us. Cheers.
17:34 Elsewhere, there were offs for Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc.
17:33 Sergio Perez span after losing his left rear tyre, Brendon Hartley was told to stop his car out on track, with a rough sounding engine, and Marcus Ericsson did not take part in FP2 after his car caught fire at the end of this morning's session.
17:32 Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel round out the top five, with Valtteri Bottas one of four men having issues during the session.
17:31 END OF FP2: Lewis Hamilton tops the timing sheets after the qualifying runs, with a 1:32.5. The Brit was seven tenths quicker than the rest of the pack.
17:29 Fernando Alonso spins on his final lap in FP2, and brings out a yellow flag at Turns 4 & 5.
17:28 Sergio Perez manages to get back out on track for the final two minutes of the session, with the soft tyres on his Force India.
17:25 The drivers are now under a VSC period with five minutes to go as the marshals move Hartley's car away from the track.
17:22 Brendon Hartley has pulled over to the side of the track and stopped his Toro Rosso.
17:19 Race simulations are back underway, so it would be a surprise to see any times tumbling in the last ten minutes.
17:07 Romain Grosjean has moved into P6, just 0.01s behind Sebastian Vettel.
17:00 60 gone, 30 to go: HAM RIC VER RAI VET the top five, all on the ultrasofts now, as the qualifying laps get going.
16:56 Lewis Hamilton goes into the 32s, with a 1:32.5, putting in three purple sectors.
16:54 It looks like we are down to 17 for the rest of the session, with both Ericsson and Perez already out. Now, Mercedes are taking the back end of Valtteri Bottas' car apart.
16:53 GREEN LIGHT: The track is open once again, after the suspension.
16:48 The Australian put in a 1:33.2, three tenths quicker than Hamilton.
16:47 Before the red flag, Daniel Ricciardo had gone quickest in the session, ahead of Hamilton, Vettel and Bottas.
16:46 The Mexican was going flat out through Turn 6 and onto the back straight, when his Force India span round and the tyre just flew off the car.
16:43 RED FLAG: The session has been suspended, as Sergio Perez's left rear tyre is currently rolling down the back straight.
16:41 Kevin Magnussen moves into P3, less than a second behind Hamilton, but is on the ultrasofts.
16:35 Hamilton goes even quicker, with a 1:33.5. Only Bottas is within a minute of the four-time World Champion.
16:26 Lewis Hamilton goes fastest, flying into the 1:33s on soft tyres.
16:24 Valtteri Bottas goes immediately to the top of the timesheet, with a 1:34.1, while Lewis Hamilton fits in into P5.
16:20 Twenty minutes in and the two Mercedes are the last men out on track.
16:18 Sebastian Vettel is back to the top with a 1:34.6 (SS), with Verstappen (SS) and Ricciardo (SS) inside three tenths of the German.
16:14 Max Verstappen is the first man into the 1:34s at Le Castellet.
16:13 The two Ferraris go fastest in the space of a minute, with Kimi Raikkonen five tenths clear of Sebastian Vettel.
16:12 Romain Grosjean nips back into P1 ahead of Magnussen, pipping his Danish team-mate by 0.05s.
16:10 Kimi Raikkonen spins at T2, while the two Haas cars are back at the top of the timing sheets.
16:07 Stoffel Vandoorne goes fastest on the supersofts (SS), with a 1:37.2.
16:05 Romain Grosjean has an off at Turn 12 on his first flying lap, while team-mate Kevin Magnussen puts in the first timed lap.
16:04 The FIA have changed the speed limit in the pit lane for the rest of the session, with it now down to 60kph, instead of 80kph.
16:03 The two Haas cars are the first out on track this afternoon.
16:00 The green light is on, with 90 minutes of practice ahead of us this afternoon.
15:59 Unsurprisingly, Marcus Ericsson will not take part in FP2 after the fire to his Sauber at the end of this morning's session.
15:58 Track temperatures are at 50C, with the air temperatures at 29C. FP2 is going to be a hot one at Paul Ricard.
15:51 The three tyre compounds available to the drivers this weekend are the purple-marked ultrasofts, red-marked supersofts and yellow-marked softs.
15:48 The first practice session was a bad one for McLaren, who were P16 and P19.
15:43 The two Saubers were inside the top 15 in FP1, but Marcus Ericsson brought the session to an early end with a late spin, which then saw his car catch fire.
15:39 Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were all within a second of the Brit, with Romain Grosjean in P6 in FP1, ahead of Max Verstappen.
15:34 The two Mercedes led the way in FP1, with Lewis Hamilton topping the time sheets ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
15:30 Hello there and thanks for joining us for our commentary of the second practice session at the French Grand Prix, which gets underway in half an hour's time.
13:31 That's it for now. Join us in two hours for FP2. Cheers.
13:30 So that's it. FP1 is over with Hamilton on fire and Ericsson literally on fire. He's getting a lift back to the pits, and likely the medical centre.
13:29 Hard lick on the right side for Ericsson and a raging fire. The marshals are now there to put out the flames. Ericsson lost the rear, hit the barrier and the car caught fire. He may have also whacked his head which isn't very nice at all.
13:28 And finally we have it, a crash! Ericsson has hit the barriers and his Sauber is on fire, and it is a pretty serious out. Red flag and Ericsson is only now climbing out of his car.
13:27 If this was qualifying the drop zone would be: Alonso, Stroll, Hulkenberg, Vandoorne and Sirotkin.
13:23 Verstappen has pipped Gasly to seventh place.
13:21 Gasly is giving Grosjean a run for it to be the best placed French driver as he moves up to seventh place. But his 1:33.6 is some three-tenths slower than the Haas driver's best. Gasly heads out for another run, practicing a start on his way out of the pit lane.
13:17 Raikkonen has a moment as the wind catches him as he turns the corner. He does well to keep hold of his car.
13:12 Vettel improves to fifth place but is still almost a full second slower than Hamilton.
13:08 Vettel improves from 19th place, yip he fell a long way during the suspension change, to sixth with a 1:33.4. He is behind both Mercedes drivers, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Grosjean.
13:06 And with that Vettel heads out...
13:05 Vettel is back in his SF70H but not yet out on track after a front suspension change.
13:03 Hamilton is on a hot one and goes fastest with a 1:32.273. That puts him three tenths up on Bottas.
13:02 Ocon... Ocoff. Yip, Ocon is the latest driver to fall foul of Turn 6 as he spins his Force India.
13:01 Bottas goes quickest on his second hot lap, a 1:32.566.
13:00 Mercedes may not be saying if they're running updated engines in this session but let's just say this: five Mercedes powered cars are occupying the top five spots in the speed trap. Perez is quickest with a 336.6.
12:59 Hamilton is now the one being the traffic as he is in the middle of the track as a flying Perez approaches.
12:54 While Raikkonen is hard at work, Vettel is sitting at the back of the Ferrari garage looking to be in no hurry to get back out.
12:53 Bottas goes purple in the first sector but drops time in the middle sector. He stays second but closes the gap to 0.03s. Raikkoen has also closed the gap but remains third.
12:52 The action is again heating up as Bottas, Raikkonen and Hamilton head out of the pits. They are all running the ultrasoft tyres.
12:48 Vandoorne and Magnussen break the silence.
12:46 Yikes, problems for Gasly as he stayed out on track 2 minutes longer than the 40 so Toro Rosso can expect a fine. Gasly did lose radio so the team couldn't tell him to pit but it remains to be seen whether the FIA will take that as mitigating circumstances.
12:42 Gasly is out there lapping and is up to seventh place in his Honda-powered STR. And with that he pits.
12:40 The 40 minute mark is upon us so drivers are back in the pits to swap their first set of Pirellis for a new set of fresh rubber.
12:38 Ricciardo is on another hot lap and does a 1:32.576 on the soft tyres. He is fastest of all.
12:33 Leclerc gets it wrong at Turn 1, spinning as he hits the head wind. This head wind into a tail wind and visa versa is causing a bit of chaos for the drivers.
12:31 Raikkonen spins at Turn 6, Bottas goes quickest, Ricciardo is up to second.
12:30 Traffic as Raikkonen almost meets the rear wing of a Williams, and Hamilton has a similar moment with Vandoorne. The Brit has to dive off the track to avoid a collision. Vandoorne was going really really slow as he had traffic in the form of Esteban Ocon and was on the racing line as Hamilton approached at pace.
12:27 New P1 and it belongs to Raikkonen with a 1:33.623. Not a bad response given this morning's stories that he will be replaced by Charles Leclerc at the end of this year.
12:26 We have confirm from the FIA and Mercedes that the works team and the customers are all running new engines. What we don't know is whether they are new old engines or new new engines.
12:25 Stoffel Vandoorne is the next man off as he spins, a nice 360 for the McLaren driver at Turn 6.
12:22 Purple for Ricciardo as he drops the benchmark to a 1:33.6.
12:21 Vettel and Raikkonen leave the Ferrari garage to begin their first run of the day. It is a 1:35.3 for Raikkonen and a 1:36.2 for Vettel.
12:19 Ricciardo is into the 1:34.9s ahead of Versatppen. Eight times on the board.
12:15 More drama for Hartley as he's just learned that the pit lane feeds onto the racing line. That came as a surprise to the New Zealander but thankfully no harm done.
12:14 P1 for Verstappen as he clocks a 1:35.261.
12:13 First mistake in France in 10 years belongs to Brendon Hartley. He lost the back end of his STR13 and spun out of Turn 5. It may look pretty, the blue stuff that it, but it has shard of glass in it to slow the cars before they meet the wall. That's going to be one destroyed set of tyres.
12:11 Verstappen joins the party and slots in behind the Mercedes team-mates.
12:08 He lowers the benchmark to a 1:35.7 with Hamilton responding with a 1:37.0.
12:05 Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton now head out while Bottas has started a timed lap, the first at a grand prix weekend in 10 years. It is a 1:36.849.
12:04 According to reports Mercedes have put the new spec engine in both Hamilton and Bottas' W09s. Paddy Lowe reveals Williams may still be on the old spec.
12:02 13 drivers on the track for installation laps including Fernando Alonso, Bottas, Romain Grosjean and Charles Leclerc. Vettel and Sergio Perez add their names to the list.
12:01 Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly are the first drivers out.
12:00 Green light and off we go on the newly resurfaced Paul Ricard.
11:55 Five minutes...
11:51 Tyres on offer this weekend; well first off it is Pirelli's thinner tyres, the one that rivals accused of playing into the hands of Mercedes in Spain. Vettel, though, now acknowledges that Ferrari got it wrong and believes they'll do a better job setting up the car this weekend. Compounds on offer today are the soft, supersoft and ultrasofts.
11:48 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is leading the Drivers' Championship by a single point ahead of Hamilton with Bottas third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth. Earlier in the season Vettel had a 17-point lead while Hamilton the same, both overturned it so it should be interesting to see how the standings play out from there. This weekend's race is part 1 of a triple header that includes Austria and Britain.
11:46 Mercedes believe Ferrari will be the team to beat this weekend but only time will tell. We're still waiting to learn whether Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, and the rest of the Mercedes powered teams, will run the updated engine this weekend. Reports suggest that call will only be made after FP2.
11:39 Not many of the drivers know this track well, and that is no surprise given that only half the field were even born when Formula 1 last visited Paul Ricard. Some, though, have raced here in junior series while most, if not all, would have at least driven the track in simulators in preparation for this weekend.
11:32 When Formula 1 last raced at this circuit it was on the short version with Alain Prost claiming the win. However, for this year's French GP we're on the longer 5.8km version of the track, which includes the Mistal straight and its chicane. The last winner on the longer circuit was Nelson Piquet in 1985. But while Paul Ricard hasn't been on the calendar for many a year, neither has France as a whole. In fact it has been 10 years since France last hosted a grand prix. That was held at the Magny-Cours circuit and was won by Felipe Massa.
11:30 Good morning, or afternoon wherever you are in the world and welcome to the Circuit Paul Ricard, which is returning to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1990. All times are local.
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:46.304 1:30:11.385 1
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:45.995 7.090 1
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.312 25.888 1
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.940 34.736 1
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.239 61.935 2
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.636 79.364 1
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.111 80.632 2
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:38.399 87.184 1
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:36.717 91.989 1
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:36.405 93.873 1
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:43.172 1 LAP 1
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.982 1 LAP 1
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:38.177 1 LAP 1
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:36.928 1 LAP 1
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:40.198 1 LAP 1
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:59.376 3 LAPS 3
R Esteban Ocon Force India RETIRED 53 LAPS 0
R Sergio Perez Force India RETIRED 26 LAPS 1
R Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso RETIRED 53 LAPS 0
R Lance Stroll Williams RETIRED 5 LAPS 1
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.029 - 3
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.147 0.118 3
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:30.400 0.371 4
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.705 0.676 4
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:30.895 0.866 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.057 1.028 4
7 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:32.126 2.097 5
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:32.635 2.606 5
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:32.930 2.901 5
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 4
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.645 - 3
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:30.751 0.106 4
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:30.772 0.127 3
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.818 0.173 3
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.227 0.582 3
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:31.472 0.827 4
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.510 0.865 4
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:31.538 0.893 3
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:32.016 1.371 4
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:32.055 1.41 4
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:32.075 1.43 4
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.115 1.47 4
13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:32.454 1.809 4
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:32.460 1.815 4
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:32.820 2.175 4
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.271 - 1
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.531 0.26 1
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:31.567 0.296 1
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.776 0.505 1
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.820 0.549 2
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:31.910 0.639 1
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:32.083 0.812 2
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:32.169 0.898 2
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:32.394 1.123 2
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:32.447 1.176 2
11 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:32.538 1.267 2
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:32.692 1.421 2
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:32.786 1.515 2
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:32.804 1.533 2
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.949 1.678 2
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:32.976 1.705 2
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:33.025 1.754 2
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:33.162 1.891 2
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:33.636 2.365 2
20 Lance Stroll Williams 1:33.729 2.458 2
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.666 - 1
2 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:34.953 1.287 1
3 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:35.012 1.346 2
4 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.365 2.699 2
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.756 3.09 1
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.547 3.881 2
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:38.317 4.651 2
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:38.450 4.784 1
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:39.641 5.975 1
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.738 6.072 1
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:40.087 6.421 1
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.743 7.077 1
13 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:49.711 16.045 1
14 Lance Stroll Williams 2:02.399 28.733 2
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 2:04.093 30.427 2
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 3
18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1
19 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1
20 Max Verstappen Red Bull 2
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.539 - 5
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:33.243 0.704 3
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.271 0.732 4
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.426 0.887 7
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.689 1.15 5
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.699 1.16 4
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.156 1.617 1
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:34.400 1.861 4
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34.457 1.918 3
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34.535 1.996 4
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:35.067 2.528 5
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:35.086 2.547 4
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:35.172 2.633 4
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:35.583 3.044 3
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:35.697 3.158 3
16 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:35.705 3.166 3
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:35.936 3.397 5
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:35.970 3.431 5
19 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.080 3.541 2
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.231 - 6
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.371 0.14 4
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:32.527 0.296 5
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.003 0.772 7
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.172 0.941 4
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.318 1.087 4
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.331 1.1 2
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:33.685 1.454 4
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:33.719 1.488 4
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34.108 1.877 3
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:34.258 2.027 3
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:34.484 2.253 3
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:34.513 2.282 5
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:34.592 2.361 5
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:34.664 2.433 3
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:34.862 2.631 4
17 Lance Stroll Williams 1:34.881 2.65 4
18 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.993 2.762 4
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:35.021 2.79 4
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:35.105 2.874 4
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