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23 Jun 17:26 Lewis Hamilton dominated the Paul Richard circuit to grab yet another Mercedes one-two victory.
23 Jun 16:51 Thanks for joining us for the French Grand Prix. We'll return for the 2019 Austrian GP from June 28 - 30.
23 Jun 16:39 Outstanding race by rookie Charles LeClerc
23 Jun 16:38 And he's done it - Hamilton completes a very good race with a dominating victory in France
23 Jun 16:36 Ferrari will be praising LeClerc for a fantastic drive as the rookie looks set to grab a podium spot.
23 Jun 16:36 Final laps and its Hamilton has been unchallenged throughout.
23 Jun 16:33 Marshals running across the circuit to clear the track
23 Jun 16:33 Virtual safety car
23 Jun 16:31 The gap between Hamilton and Bottas is incredible - 15 seconds.
23 Jun 16:28 As we enter the final laps Hamiton is still far ahead of his team mate and rivals...
23 Jun 16:22 44/53 - Hamilton, Bottas, LeClerc - Very comfortable race for Hamilton as he looks set to extend his championship lead even further.
23 Jun 16:16 40/53 - 13 laps to go and Hamilton, 12s clear of team mate Bottas, looks set to win in France. LeClerc, who has had a great race so far, could grab the third place spot if he can hold off challenger Verstappen. Vettel has been unable to overtake Verstappen in 5th. Overall, it has been another one-sided affair with Mercedes dominating the circuit. 
23 Jun 16:09 Ferrari's LeClerc has done a great job to hold onto 3rd place, podium in sight?
23 Jun 16:00 30/53 - It's a been yet another Mercedes show so far this race as Hamilton and Bottas look set to secure yet another one-two victory, and quite comfortably at that. Hamilton also set the fastest lap on 1:34:319. Ferrari has had mixed fortunes as LeClerc holds onto 3rd place followed by Vettel who moved from 7th to 4th. Red Bull's Verstappen still chasing the Ferraris after dropping from 4th to 5th. 
23 Jun 15:54 Hamilton dominating in France - 11s ahead of team mate Bottas.
23 Jun 15:50 Mercedes are far ahead, not really concerned by rivals headed into the pits 
23 Jun 15:49 Verstappen unhappy with his throttle
23 Jun 15:48 With pit stops Vettel now in 3rd followed by LeClerc and Verstappen.
23 Jun 15:44 Lap 20/53 - Hamilton and Bottas still leading from the front. LeClerc has done well to maintain 3rd place, doggedly chased by Verstappen throughout the race. Vettel moved from 7th to 5th though is still trailing Verstappen.
23 Jun 15:35 At the rear - 8 Gasly, 9 Ricciardo, 10 Raikkonen,  11 Hulkenberg
23 Jun 15:35 Hamilton still dominating at the front - 2.3s ahead of Bottas, 4.9s in front of LeClerc.
23 Jun 15:33 The gap between Verstappen and Vettel has been consistent since Vettel passed Sainz.
FINISH You may or may not be pleased to hear that there's another race next weekend. We can't promise that the Austrian Grand Prix will be any better, but it's hard to imagine how it could be any worse. Cross your fingers all week and join us there.
FINISH Well, it was a race of few talking points to say the least: Lewis Hamilton increased his lead in the standings and looks near unbeatable right now, while McLaren and Renault seem to have established themselves as the best of the best. Also, a mention for Robert Kubica who's finally beaten his team-mate!
FINISH The remaining order is: GAS, PER, STR, KVY, ALB, GIO, MAG, KUB, RUS, GRO (Retired)
FINISH The Finn and the Brit finish P8 and P10 respectively, split by Hulkenberg.
FINISH P6 goes to Sainz who drove an impressive race, while Ricciardo is P7 as it stands, but is under investigation for his final lap moves on Norris and Raikkonen.
FINISH Verstappen comfortably takes P4, ahead of Vettel who did manage to set fastest lap.
FINISH Bottas just about holds onto P2, with Leclerc just behind.
FINISH Hamilton wins the French Grand Prix!
Lap 53 Norris loses out to Ricciardo! And Raikkonen! And Hulkenberg! Poor guy...
Lap 53 Leclerc 1.2 seconds behind Bottas. Come on Charles, go for it please.
Lap 52 Vettel pits to go for the extra point.
Lap 52 Ricciardo half a second off Norris now.
Lap 51 WE HAVE A BOLLARD ON TRACK! Exciting stuff, right guys? Guys?
Lap 49 Hulkneberg meanwhile is all over the back of Raikkonen and fighting to get P9. A big few laps for Renault.
Lap 48 The issues are building up for Norris, and he's now a sitting duck for Ricciardo.
Lap 47 Things get better and better for Haas, as they're forced to retire Grosjean's car.
Lap 46 With a 50 second gap behind him, Vettel is presumably going to pit and take home the extra point for fastest lap.
Lap 43 Norris having some considerable hydraulic issues with his car...
Lap 41 Leclerc sets the fastest lap and closes the gap ahead by 0.5 seconds.
Lap 37 Gasly is now in P12, behind Raikkonen and Hulkenberg who have both pitted. Red Bull must be ruing the decision to give him a seat over Sainz, who is in P7.
Lap 35 Hamiltion whinging about tyres that are absolutely fine, who had that on the bingo card?
Lap 30 Hamilton facing a real battle for the win here - he's *only* 11.7 seconds clear.
Lap 26 Vettel finally pits and comes out four seconds behind Verstappen.
Lap 25 Hamilton pits annoyingly quickly and comes out ahead of Vettel, who hasn't pitted yet. If that doesn't emphasize his dominance, I don't know what does.
Lap 24 Bottas pits and comes out with a pretty hefty gap to Leclerc and Verstappen, fun...
Lap 24 Any chance of a safety car, race directors? I find myself asking for that quite often these days...
Lap 22 Leclerc comes in, moving Vettel into the top three for the first time today.
Lap 21 Verstappen pits and Vettel is told to do the opposite, so Ferrari will be going for the overcut on the Dutchman.
Lap 21 Sainz follows suit and maintains the advantage on his team-mate.
Lap 20 Norris the next to pit, and has Grosjean between him and the men he's fighting, Ricciardo and Gasly.
Lap 19 Not for long though, as Ricciardo uses DRS to pass the man who replaced him at Red Bull!
Lap 19 Red Bull respond by pitting Gasly immediately, and the Frenchman stays ahead.
Lap 18 Ricciardo pits and comes out in P16. He'll be trying the undercut on Gasly.
Lap 16 Haas yet again seem to have terrible race pace, as Kevin Magnussen is taken by both Toro Rossos and is now P16, one place ahead of team-mate Grosjean.
Lap 14 The Brit reports that something in his seat is broken. Can't be too serious though as he's still the fastest man on track.
Lap 12 Hamilton currently has a 2.5 second lead up front, but Bottas has just set the fastest lap at least...
Lap 10 Perez given a five second penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
Lap 9 Ferrari tell Leclerc that they're sticking to Plan A and need a gap to Verstappen, which is currently 2.2 seconds.
Lap 8 Giovinazzi unsurprisingly pits for hards, which will take him to the end, hopefully...
Lap 7 Vettel up to P5 now after an easy move on Sainz.
Lap 7 Giovinazzi's soft tyres seem to be falling away as he loses positions to Ricciardo and Raikkonen.
Lap 6 Hamilton racking up fastest laps now, oh joy.
Lap 6 Vettel has taken Norris into the chicane, but he'll need to get past the other McLaren a little quicker if he doesn't want to lose touch with the top four.
Lap 4 Verstappen on the radio complaining about engine issues. He's still set the fastest lap, mind.
Lap 2 Vettel stayed in P7 at the start and is now pressuring Lando Norris, with Gasly close behind having got Ricciardo.
Lap 1 And we're off! Hamilton holds the lead ahead of Bottas and Leclerc, with Verstappen holding off Sainz who's taken his team-mate.
15:11 The formation lap is underway.
15:10 Every driver in the top ten is starting on the medium tyre asides from Gasly and Giovinazzi.
15:05 Yesterday in F2, a Dutchman starting in P4 ended up leading after the first corner, just saying...
14:58 We've had the national anthem now. Ten minutes until lights out.
14:55 Verstappen: "Hopefully we can fight Ferrari, that'll be a great Sunday for us."
14:50 Gasly: "We know it's not going to be an easy one with strategy starting on the softs, but we'll push as hard as we can to move forward."
14:43 In terms of a Championship battle, Bottas really needs to beat Hamilton today to stay within touching distance. The Finn looked to have the edge over his team-mate up until Q3 - can he rediscover that this afternoon?
14:37 The cars are making their way to the grid, and I must say, seeing the McLarens start that high up is a lovely sight. It's their best qualifying performance since 2014. Who needs Alonso?
14:30 It's a warm, sunny day here in France, with air temperatures of 27'C and set to rise throughout the day.
14:25 The rest of the grid is: ALB, RAI, HUL, PER, MAG, GRO, STR, KUB, KVY, RUS.
14:22 Pierre Gasly maintained his poor Saturday form since joining Red Bull and starts P9 alongside Antonio Giovinazzi who had an excellent day.
14:14 Sebastian Vettel had a shocker of a final session, with an initial gearbox issue meaning he only had time to do one flying lap, which was only quick enough to start P7. Just behind him is his former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
14:10 Charles Leclerc comfortably took P3, half a second ahead of Max Verstappen, but the Dutchman only qualified ahead of the McLarens by the skin of his teeth, with Norris starting P5 and Sainz P6.
14:08 Yesterday saw Mercedes take yet another front row lockout, with Hamilton claiming pole position ahead of Bottas. Behind the Silver Arrows though, things were much more interesting.
14:05 Lewis Hamilton arrived at the Paul Ricard circuit leading the championship by 29 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas. The Brit learned on Friday that he would hold onto his Canadian Grand Prix win after the Montreal stewards rejected Ferrari's review of Sebastian Vettel's penalty. The Ferrari driver is P3 in the standings, 62 points off the pace.
14:00 Welcome back to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix, this is round eight of the 2019 F1 World Championship. All times are local.
16:07 Join us for the race tomorrow, lights out is at 15:10 local time.
16:05 Well, discounting any issues it would seem the battle for the win is between Hamilton and Bottas. Another exciting duo will be the McLaren's as we see what they can do. Perhaps they can get ahead of Verstappen or even challenge Leclerc for a podium spot?
16:03 P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Leclerc, P4 Verstappen, P5 Norris, P6 Sainz, P7 Vettel, P8 Ricciardo, P9 Gasly and P10 Giovinazzi is your top ten for Sunday's race.
16:02 Verstappen and both McLaren's are ahead of Vettel!
16:01 Bottas is well down on this run, Hamilton improves again and takes pole position for the French Grand Prix!
15:58 Out they come for their second runs.
15:55 Leclerc just over half a second slower in P3. Vettel forced to pit after a missed upshift.
15:54 1:28.4 for Hamilton, 1:28.6 for Bottas. A new track record from the Brit.
15:52 Everyone back on the softs, it's all about pace now.
15:49 No rush to get out of the garage from anyone.
15:43 McLaren are in the top ten and both drivers will start on the mediums. A great chance of a double-points haul for them. Giovinazzi outqualifies Raikkonen again.
15:42 Magnussen, Perez, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Albon are out.
15:41 Wow, Norris on the mediums goes into P4, and that puts his team-mate in a spot of danger.
15:39 Sainz is making these mediums work, could be a huge boost for his strategy tomorrow.
15:36 Five minutes to go. Norris, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi the guys in danger.
15:33 Bottas improves and takes over P1, but again there is under a tenth between the Finn and Hamilton.
15:31 Leclerc and Vettel a second down on the Silver Arrows with the same compound.
15:30 A 1:29.5 from Hamilton on the mediums as he goes P1.
15:28 Ferrari take the mediums, as does Verstappen and even McLaren - there is a statement of confidence.
15:26 Q2 underway. Both Mercedes go out on the mediums.
15:21 Bottas tops Q1 with Hamilton and Leclerc behind, less than a tenth separates them. Kubica, Russell, Stroll, Grosjean and Kvyat are the eliminated drivers.
15:18 Raikkonen and Ricciardo will be investigated after the session. It looks like Ricciardo started a domino effect which ended in Raikkonen going off and distracting Grosjean as he came back on the track.
15:16 Norris and Sainz go P4/5. The track is ramping up.
15:14 Surprising to see Kvyat out there at this stage since he will start from the back anyway.
15:13 Kubica, Kvyat, Russell, Magnussen and Perez are in the elimination zone with 5 minutes to go.
15:12 A 1:30.6 from Leclerc, Bottas and Hamilton pip that by under a tenth. Are they teasing us or are Ferrari actually in the fight?
15:09 Verstappen manages only P11 on his first run with the soft compound.
15:08 Everyone out on the softs, Bottas, Leclerc, Hamilton and Vettel is the top four after their first runs.
15:07 Dare we say it, but the way Raikkonen rejoined the track was very unhelpful for Grosjean.
15:06 Carlos Sainz posts a solid 1:32.0 for McLaren - an early P1 slot for him.
15:04 Kimi Raikkonen goes off and along with Daniel Ricciardo they ruin Romain Grosjean's first flying lap.
15:03 Drivers are taking their outlap's very steady to keep as much grip as possible in the softs. That track is roasting.
15:01 Pit lane open, Q1 is underway.
14:57 Just a few minutes until we go green. 56c track temp
14:52 Down at the bottom of the grid, a 15-place grid drop is coming George Russell's way after Williams changed some engine components following power losses earlier on.
14:47 Red Bull, meanwhile, could potentially have their hands full with McLaren for those third row spots on the grid. Just a tenth separated the two teams in FP3.
14:42 We've had a clean sweep of Mercedes 1-2 finishes in the three practice sessions and look particularly mighty through the final sector. Ferrari have a four tenth gap to overcome from FP3 alone...
14:35 Hello and welcome back to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the all-important qualifying session. All times are local. Q1 begins at 1500.
13:01 The Ferraris are third and fourth ahead of Verstappen but it looks as if we're set for an all-Mercedes front row lock up in qualifying. Tune in at 3pm local time to find out. Cheers.
13:00 Chequered flag is out on FP3 with another Mercedes 1-2 as Bottas edges Hamilton by 0.041s.
12:59 Gasly is the latest to get it wrong through the opening corners and works his way around the bollards.
12:58 That's P8 for Ricciardo and Giovinazzi falls out of the top ten. In fact he's now down to P12 as Hulkenberg goes 11th.
12:57 McLaren and Alfa Romeo are the two teams joining Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in the top ten - but we've still got three minutes and a flying Ricciardo...
12:56 Verstappen reports yet another issue with his tyres as he struggling to get the right temperature.
12:54 Leclerc has a moment at Turn 8 as he clipped the kerb at the entrance.
12:53 Giovinazzi is up to ninth and the Renaults are out of the top ten.
12:50 But as we say that Gasly goes sixth, Norris is up to seventh and Raikkonen P8.
12:49 It has been a good session so far for Renault as Ricciardo is sixth with Hulkenberg P7. They are, however, two seconds down on Bottas' best.
12:48 Vettel stays four, 0.651s down.
12:47 Hamilton is quickest in the second sector and does a personal best in the final. He stays second but is now just 0.041s down. Leclerc is third, 0.446s off the pace.
12:44 A scruffy lap for Hamilton and aborts that. And at the same time Bottas goes off at Turn 5.
12:43 Here comes Hamilton now...
12:41 Bottas is out on a new set of soft tyres and goes purple in all three sectors on his way to a 1:30.1
12:38 Russell is out for lap number 4 but again reports "no power". He explains that it seems to be in the lower gears that he loses power.
12:37 Vettel is out of his Ferrari as his mechanics work on an issue with his seat belt. That was a rather awkward position.
12:36 Verstappen has worked his way up to fifth place but is a full second down on Bottas' P1 time.
12:33 Verstappen reports "no grip on the rear" and it is evident as he sweeps through the corners.
12:32 Good news for Russell as it looks as if Williams have resolved whatever the problem was and he's ready to go out again.
12:28 Hamilton is the next to find more pace as he moves up to P1 with a 1:31.1.
12:26 Vettel improves to third place, leapfrogging Hamilton.
12:25 Bottas may be fastest of all but even the Finn is struggling to keep it on the track as he lost it at Turn 5 after a lock up.
12:22 Leclerc was on course for a P1 time but lost time to Bottas in the final sector. He goes second, 0.083s down.
12:21 Not great news for Russell as he reports "no power" and limps his way back to the pits.
12:20 And that all changes as Mercedes come out to play... Bottas goes top with a 1:31.3.
12:19 Hulkenberg is the next to lead the way with Norris up to second and Gasly third.
12:17 Getting a bit busy out there as the drivers get down to their morning's work.
12:16 An off for Ricciardo, just a small one but a bit of kerb climbing going on there.
12:13 Hulkenberg joins the action in his updated RS19 and moves up to second place while Ricciardo, who is also running the team's updated engine, goes quickest with a 1:32.690.
12:12 Kvyat continues to lap the circuit in his Spec 3-powered Toro Rosso. He lowers the benchmark down to a 1:32.7.
12:08 And if you thought Bottas wanted a lazy start to the day, his team-mate Hamilton has gone for an even lazier one as he finally arrives in the garage. As he does that, Bottas climbs into his car.
12:07 P1 for Kubica. Stop the clock. Alas it is only a 1:35.8. And it is already beaten by Kyvat.
12:06 Raikkonen heads out with some serious flo-vis paint on the front left of his car.
12:05 Bottas has just waltzed into the garage as Friday's P1 man is in no hurry to get his day started.
12:03 The drivers are having an issue with the soft Pirellis in this heat with the tyres graining after just a handful of laps.
12:01 Norris is the first man out as McLaren hope to build on yesterday's P5. His team-mate Sainz follows him out.
12:00 Green light, let's go...
11:53 It's another hot day in France with the air temperature 24'C and the track already 48'C.
11:48 One driver who did have a great start was Norris, the McLaren rookie fifth overall on Friday. McLaren, though, aren't yet counting their chickens as they are baffled as to why the car showed great pace. â??It is a bit of surprise; the team and I didnâ??t think the track would suit as much as Canada,â? said Norris. â??It is just Friday; we were quick on a Friday. We were quick in Canada on a Friday. But Iâ??m sure that the other teams are going to improve, so we have to improve the same amount and just stay ahead. I donâ??t know what the reason is.â?
11:44 It wasn't a great start to the French Grand Prix weekend for Grosjean, one of two French drivers. His Haas suffered a water leak in FP1 curtailing his running to just nine laps while a vibration in FP2 cost him more track time.
11:39 As has become tradition for 2019, Williams were slowest of all with George Russell 3.6s off the pace while Robert Kubica was a further six-tenths down. Bottom half: 11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.036s 34 S; 12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 2.083s 33 M; 13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 2.086s 34 S; 14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2.144s 31 S; 15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2.317s 36 S; 16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 2.363s 29 S; 17 Romain Grosjean Haas 2.654s 27 S; 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 2.947s 31 S; 19 George Russell Williams 3.677s 33 S; 20 Robert Kubica Williams 4.258s 32 S.
11:36 Mercedes set the pace on Friday with Valtteri Bottas leading Lewis Hamilton with the Ferraris over half a second down. Top ten: 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.937 33 S; 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.424s 25 M; 3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.649s 30 S; 4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.728s 31 S; 5 Lando Norris McLaren 0.945s 30 S; 6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.112s 28 S; 7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.495s 27 S; 8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.511s 28 S; 9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1.740s 34 S; 10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.852s 29 S.
11:30 Welcome back to Paul Ricard for Saturday's third and final practice for the French Grand Prix. All times are local and FP3 gets underway in 30 minutes.
16:35 Join us again tomorrow for live updates from FP3 here at the French GP. The session gets underway at 12 noon local time.
16:33 Completing the order: P11 Giovinazzi, P12 Ricciardo, P13 Albon, P14 Hulkenberg, P15 Kvyat, P16 Perez, P17 Grosjean, P18 Stroll, P19 Russell and P20 Kubica.
16:30 Well, the lap average calculations from the race sims puts Mercedes well over a second clear of Ferrari and Red Bull. Oh dear. Anyway the chequered flag is out to end FP2, the top 10 is unchanged.
16:23 Six minutes to go, the top 10 is as follows: P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Leclerc, P4 Vettel, P5 Norris, P6 Verstappen, P7 Sainz, P8 Gasly, P9 Raikkonen and P10 Magnussen.
16:17 Just under 13 mins to go, the race sims are well underway for most of the drivers.
16:07 Time to open a can of worms - the stewards have decided that Hamilton and Verstappen will be investigated after the session. It seemed like the Brit rejoined the track unsafely, especially if you compare it to Vettel's penalty in Canada.
16:04 Bottas is back on the mediums for his long-run sims.
16:02 Norris clears Verstappen on the softs to go P5. That McLaren is looking fantastic with the rookie at the wheel.
15:53 "I can't have a car which is f**king good over the first five corners, when I got there and I'm sideways." Romain isn't a very happy chap.
15:50 Hamilton has an off which ruins Verstappen's plans. The hand of apology goes up from the Brit.
15:44 Bottas stretches his lead further with a 1:30.9 on the softs. Hamilton and both Ferraris have also switched to the red-walled tyre now.
15:42 Sainz has a broken diffuser and is missing valuable running time at the moment.
15:41 Raikkonen goes wide through Turn 4 and it appears he didn't go around the bollard. Could be an issue for the Finn.
15:33 Hamilton nearly loses it through the chicane, well saved!
15:29 Mercedes have had enough of this competition rubbish. A 1:31.1 from Bottas still on the mediums with Hamilton two tenths behind. Verstappen in P3 is a second off.
15:21 Ferrari and Mercedes favouring the mediums here early on. Bottas sets a 1:32.4 for P1. Meanwhile Norris improves to P3 on the hard compound!
15:19 Vettel gets his hot lap in now and moves into P1.
15:16 Leclerc goes P1 by under a tenth on the medium compound. Vettel gets distracted by a Williams so that's his lap aborted.
15:15 Romain Grosjean is in the bad books after locking up and destroying one of only two sets of hard tyres he has for the weekend.
15:12 Norris up to P1. Vettel is on his outlap as is Leclerc, no sign of the Mercedes pair yet.
15:10 Kimi Raikkonen takes over P1 for Alfa Romeo with a 1:34.486.
15:08 A 1:35.683 from Daniil Kvyat as he sets the first competitive time of the session.
15:01 Plenty of cameras hanging around the FIA building. Ferrari have been in and out, so we're waiting to hear if they will be able to appeal the penalty which cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada.
15:00 FP2 is underway. The track temperatures were destroying the soft tyres after just a few laps this morning. Teams will hope the Circuit Paul Ricard rubbers in quick.
14:57 Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz finished P7/8 for Renault's customer team McLaren in FP1, so the performance is there.
14:53 Renault are another team with upgrades in France, Daniel Ricciardo ended FP1 in P9, so they will look to build on that in their home grand prix
14:48 Though Red Bull didn't expect a miracle from Honda with their Spec 3 PU, Max Verstappen was almost nine tenths slower than Hamilton, it's to be hoped they have a few power modes remaining.
14:42 Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was their closest challenger, yet he was 0.4s adrift of the leading pair. He will hope to cut that gap in FP2.
14:37 Mercedes were expected to be mighty again and they were with Lewis Hamilton heading a one-two in FP1.
14:30 Hello and welcome back to the Circuit Paul Ricard ahead of the second practice session. All times local and we'll have green lights in 30 minutes' time.
12:32 The session ends with a P1 for Hamilton, 0.069s up on Bottas, while Leclerc is third,0.373s down. Join us in two hours for FP2 from Paul Ricard. Cheers!
12:30 The chequered flag is out on FP1...
12:27 Gasly has had a moment at Turn 4. He lost control at Turn 3 and the spin kept going. He has some seriously flat-spotted tyres.
12:25 Just to clarify, Leclerc is running the old spec Ferrari front wing while Vettel is on the new one. He is seven-tenths down on his team-mate.
12:24 Ricciardo is in the pits as Renault check out his floor. He clipped a kerb.
12:20 Grosjean won't be returning to the track this session. Haas has tweeted that the team is still working on the water leak. He is slowest of all with nine laps on the board. Not great for his home race.
12:17 Vettel only progresses as far as P12 as he reports that "something doesn't feel right" with his SF90.
12:14 The Mercedes tussle isn't over as Hamilton now goes quickest. A 1:32.7 for the champ. Leclerc is back on track and goes third, 0.373s down.
12:12 Spinning Bull as Verstappen gets it wrong at Turn 8 and Bottas goes top.
12:11 Sainz is struggling to really hook it up through the latter sequence of corners. One small mistake led to several more.
12:08 Gasly meet traffic, traffic meet Gasly. And that is one rather unimpressed Frenchman.
12:07 Verstappen is up to third and Gasly fourth while Leclerc and Vettel are still in the pits, P15 and P16.
12:06 Hot lap, slow lap, hot lap and Hamilton goes P1 with a 1:33.2.
12:04 Latifi has a moment and Magnussen follows suit. Still a notable lack of grip.
12:03 New P1 as Hamilton his the front with a 1:34.1. His team-mate Bottas beats him with a 1:33.7. He's on the soft tyres.
11:59 Quick! Call off FP1, McLaren are fastest! Norris has gone P1 on the medium tyres.
11:56 Gasly is staying on the soft tyres and he goes quickest in the first sector, and goes quickest overall with a 1:34.2.
11:55 More drivers out on track with Norris upping his pace but not his position. He's swapped from the mediums to the softs and it only gave him a tenth.
11:52 Norris and Kubica leave the pits. Finally, noise!
11:49 Problem for Grosjean: "Water leak on Romainâ??s car. Looks like heâ??ll have a bit of a wait until he can head back out in #FP1. Work on-going to repair," tweeted the team.
11:48 After the earlier spike, the track temperature has fallen to 43'C.
11:43 Waiting for the drivers to get back out...
11:39 The drivers head back to the pits to hand their first set of tyres back to Pirelli. Bottas is quickest, Kubica is slowest. Nothing new there.
11:37 A small problem with Bottas' steering with the Finn reporting that it is "pointing right" down the straights.
11:35 Kimi Raikkonen, out on track in his Alfa Romeo, gets to play with the Turn 4 bollards as he went off the track.
11:32 Bottas is quickest with a 1:34.6.
11:31 Vettel was the first to botch the plan of action for returning to the track at Turn 1. He came out of the pits as Bottas flew by and he had to go off the track to make room for the Mercedes driver.
11:29 Hulkenberg is feeling the heat and reports it is like a "barbeque" in his RS19. There is actually smoke - or steam - there!
11:26 Sainz is back on track and returns to the front while Albon goes fourth and Max Verstappen P5.Still waiting for times from Hamilton and Bottas.
11:22 More drivers heading out including Nicholas Latifi, who is in the Williams this session instead of George Russell. It is, however, just for this session.
11:20 Vettel heads into the pits and swaps front wings, new for old. He is also running a new diffuser.
11:19 News in: Kvyat will start the race from the very back of the grid as he has penalties for just about everything and anything engine related.
11:17 Ferrari are trialing a new front wing this morning with Vettel running the new design and Leclerc the old.
11:13 Six laps into his run and Leclerc reports "something weird" with his front right. A close up shows the soft tyre is already showing horrendous graining.
11:10 Leclerc on the soft tyres goes purple in the first two sectors and the P1 time is down a 1:35.8.
11:07 Charles Leclerc and Vettel are both on the boards but slower than Sainz.
11:06 Carlos Sainz clocks a 1:35.9 to get the ball rolling.
11:03 As one Frenchman pits another takes to the track. It is Gasly in the Red Bull RB15.
11:02 Grosjean gives the French fans in the grandstands a wave as he drives past.
11:00 Green light and off we go with Antonio Giovinazzi leading out Lando Norris, Alexander Albon and Romain Grosjean.
10:54 The air temperature is 24'C and the track a rather hot 40'C.
10:47 Over at Renault, Daniel Ricciardo will run a new Renault spec 3 engine today providing a small power gain. His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg will get the update at next weekend's race at Spielberg. Renault also have a major aero update for their RS19 ranging from wings to cooling.
10:45 It has been a difficult season for non-Mercedes fans and a nightmare especially for those who support Ferrari. There is, however a bit of hope ahead of this weekend's grand prix as the long straights of the Paul Ricard circuit should suit the SF90. But then again every time we say that Mercedes still pull it out of the bag.
10:41 If you missed the start of this season (where have you been?), Mercedes are on a roll. Last time out in Canada, Lewis Hamilton claimed win number seven of 2019 for the Brackley squad and his fifth of the year. As such Hamilton takes a 29-pt lead over his team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Vettel third in the standings ahead of Max Verstappen.
10:38 More breaking news this morning: Sergey Sirotkin is the new McLaren reserve driver. The team announced this morning that they had reached an agreement with engine partner Renault "to have access to Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin should Carlos or Lando be unable to complete a full race weekend in 2019."
10:34 The FIA have also announced that they'll be policing corner cutting this weekend. They have placed fluorescent yellow bollards and red/white boards around Turns 1 and 2 and 3 to 5 to police the track limits. There are also bollards at the exist on the inside of the kerb at Turn 2. Drivers cutting the corner have to go right of bollards before driving through the two red/white blocks in the run-off to rejoin the track.
10:29 News in this morning is that although Honda will be introducing a new engine this weekend, Alexander Albon won't use it. Both the Thai driver and his Toro Rosso team-mate Daniil Kvyat are on the cusp of engine penalties so STR opted to split the penalties over two, maybe even three, races. Albon explained: "We knew whatever we do now weâ??re going to get a penalty for it. On my side of the garage weâ??re looking quite good with the engine. I think Danny maybe was a bit closer to the limit so theyâ??ve decided to change earlier than I did. That was about it, really."
10:17 Formula 1 arrived at the Paul Ricard circuit this weekend ready for round 8 but still unsure of the result of round 7, the Canadian GP. Ferrari have called for a review of Sebastian Vettel's time penalty, which cost him the win. That review is taking place after FP1 today.
10:00 Welcome to Paul Ricard, home of Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly and the French Grand Prix. All times are local. FP1 gets underway at 11am.
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.764 1:24:31.198 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.332 18.056 1
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:34.359 18.985 1
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.963 34.905 1
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.740 62.796 2
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:36.780 95.462 1
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:37.044 1 LAP 1
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:36.979 1 LAP 1
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:40.730 1 LAP 1
10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:36.196 1 LAP 1
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:36.867 1 LAP 1
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:37.155 1 LAP 1
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:35.229 1 LAP 1
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.654 1 LAP 1
15 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:35.491 1 LAP 1
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:35.326 1 LAP 2
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.367 1 LAP 1
18 Robert Kubica Williams 1:37.589 2 LAPS 1
19 George Russell Williams 1:35.830 2 LAPS 2
R Romain Grosjean Haas RETIRED 2
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.319 0
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:28.605 0.286 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.965 0.646 0
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:29.409 1.090 0
5 Lando Norris McLaren 1:29.418 1.099 0
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:29.522 1.203 0
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.799 1.480 0
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.918 1.599 0
9 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:30.184 1.865 0
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:33.420 5.101 0
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:29.437 0
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.506 0.069 0
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.520 0.083 0
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:29.699 0.262 0
5 Lando Norris McLaren 1:30.019 0.582 0
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:30.099 0.662 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:30.319 0.882 0
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:30.369 0.932 0
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.408 0.971 0
10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:30.421 0.984 0
11 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:30.461 1.024 0
12 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.533 1.096 0
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.544 1.107 0
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:30.738 1.301 0
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.440 2.003 0
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.550 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.609 0.059 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.647 0.097 0
4 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.865 0.315 0
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:30.954 0.404 0
6 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:30.964 0.414 0
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.972 0.422 0
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:30.989 0.439 0
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:31.073 0.523 0
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.075 0.525 0
11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:31.152 0.602 0
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.166 0.616 0
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:31.180 0.630 0
14 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.327 0.777 0
15 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:31.445 0.895 0
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:31.564 1.014 0
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:31.626 1.076 0
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:31.726 1.176 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:32.789 2.239 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:33.205 2.655 0
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.159 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.200 0.041 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:30.605 0.446 0
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:30.633 0.474 0
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.538 1.379 0
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:31.599 1.440 0
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:31.654 1.495 0
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:31.802 1.643 0
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:31.887 1.728 0
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:31.943 1.784 0
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.023 1.864 0
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:32.171 2.012 0
13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:32.178 2.019 0
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:32.385 2.226 0
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:32.400 2.241 0
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:32.491 2.332 0
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:32.540 2.381 0
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:32.678 2.519 0
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:33.902 3.743 0
20 George Russell Williams 1:39.987 9.828 0
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:30.937 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.361 0.424 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.586 0.649 0
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.665 0.728 0
5 Lando Norris McLaren 1:31.882 0.945 0
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.049 1.112 0
7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:32.432 1.495 0
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:32.448 1.511 0
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:32.677 1.740 0
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:32.789 1.852 0
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:32.973 2.036 0
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:33.020 2.083 0
13 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:33.023 2.086 0
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:33.081 2.144 0
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:33.254 2.317 0
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:33.300 2.363 0
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.591 2.654 0
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:33.884 2.947 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:34.614 3.677 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:35.195 4.258 0
Driver Standings
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.738 0
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.807 0.069 0
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.111 0.373 0
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.618 0.880 0
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.790 1.052 0
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:34.091 1.353 0
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.110 1.372 0
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:34.261 1.523 0
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:34.540 1.802 0
10 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:34.804 2.066 0
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:34.809 2.071 0
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.810 2.072 0
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:35.063 2.325 0
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.326 2.588 0
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.410 2.672 0
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:35.522 2.784 0
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:36.102 3.364 0
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:37.147 4.409 0
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1:37.172 4.434 0
20 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.620 4.882 0
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