Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2019 French Grand Prix weekend.
Renault brought a raft of upgrades for its home race but Nico Hulkenberg had to do without their latest-specification power unit having already exceeded his maximum allocation of new parts.
Qualifying proved frustrating for Lance Stroll as he failed to make the cut for Q1 again.
Sebastian Vettel looked in good shape until Q3, when two sub-par laps left him a surprised seventh.
Zak Brown and Andreas Seidl
There were no smiles like this for McLaren at Paul Ricard 12 months ago, but this year Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jnr secured the third row for the team – their best starting positions for five years.
Before the race drivers, team bosses and senior F1 staff paid tribute to Jackie Stewart, three-times world champion and 1971 winner at Paul Ricard, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
Renault marked 40 years since their first F1 victory, in the French Grand Prix at Dijon, by reuniting Jean-Pierre Jabouille with his RS10.
Vettel faced a tough race following his poor qualifying effort. In the end he salvaged fifth plus the bonus point for fastest lap.
Lewis Hamilton retained his lead from pole position and from there on the outcome of the race was never in doubt.
Pierre Gasly became the first French driver to score points at home for 16 years, but only after Daniel Ricciardo was penalised post-race.
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc
The top three finished in the order they started after a largely forgettable race.
2019 French Grand Prix
- Hamilton: French GP pace defied team’s predictions
- Ricciardo accepts one of his two last-lap penalties
- Raikkonen not surprised by Ricciardo’s penalty: “We all know the rules”
- Mercedes explain why the Virtual Safety Car cost Bottas four seconds
- Hamilton wants a “complete neutral”, not Wolff, running F1
2 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2019 French Grand Prix”
ADUB SMALLBLOCK (@waptraveler)
25th June 2019, 14:03
These are nice pictures, but I don’t understand the bit about “tell the story of the 2019 French Grand Prix”. Not a single real action pic of the many incidents in the race.
25th June 2019, 16:26
Well, maybe it reflects the fact that the race itself was quite processional and boring
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