French F1 Grand Prix 2019: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2019

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 21, 2019 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Mercedes will attempt to stretch their perfect start to the 2019 Formula One season at the French Grand Prix on Sunday with an eighth straight win.

Lewis Hamilton has won three consecutive races, including a controversial Canadian Grand Prix in which he was awarded the win after Sebastian Vettel received a penalty.

The Brit won last year's race at the Paul Ricard circuit, which was the first French Grand Prix since 2008.

      

Race Date: Sunday, June 23

Race Time: 2:10 p.m. BST/9:10 a.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports F1 (UK), ESPN2 (U.S.)

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For a full list of the drivers, visit the F1 website.

       

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The Paul Ricard circuit has been around since 1970 but only returned to the F1 calendar last year having been absent since 1990.

Overtaking is difficult due to the slow entry speeds in corners, and the removal of the chicane on the long Mistral Straight won't help matters.

Traction was a major problem in practice, with plenty of spins and tyre issues:

The surface should settle down over the course of the weekend, but tyre wear could remain an issue in the race.

      

Preview

Mercedes have dominated the championship so far this season, and based on the first two practice sessions, the Silver Arrows will likely lead the way again on Sunday.

Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets in both sessions, while Ferrari were unable to close the gap and said the upgrades made to the car were "not perfect:"

Red Bull also arrived at the track with an upgrade, and their race pace in practice looked promising.

But the big story from practice was McLaren, who have enjoyed a great year so far and were not far behind the Ferrari pace on Friday:

Renault were outside the top 10 in second practice in their home race, and Romain Grosjean struggled tremendously in his Haas, finishing in 17th place.

The midfield battle should serve up plenty of drama due to the tyre wear and the strong showings from McLaren and Alfa Romeo so far, but barring mechanical issues, mistakes or more controversy, the fight at the front should once again go Mercedes' way.

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