Lewis Hamilton before the race

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Summary

  1. Race at 14:10 BST – on 5 live at top of page
  2. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton on pole, Valtteri Bottas 2nd
  3. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc 3rd, Sebastian Vettel 7th
  4. Get involved: #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Medium tyres pirelli

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    Strategy? One stop. No surprise that the
    best strategy is to start on the medium – it’s such a clear-cut choice that
    only two of the top 10 took softs for second qualifying, and therefore their
    starting tyre, Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.

    Everyone else will almost certainly be trying to stay off the soft all race, it
    has been so fragile all weekend that the medium is hardly any slower and much
    more durable. Pit-stop time loss is about 25 seconds under normal racing
    conditions, 15 under a safety car of either kind.

  2. Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Antonio Giovinazzi has not had the
    easiest start to his first Formula 1 season with Alfa Romeo, but he has been
    more impressive than the naked results have shown and in France he put it all
    together nicely at least with a strong 10th – his best result since taking
    ninth in Baku.

    Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen did not make the top 10 and will start
    12th.

    Giovinazzi

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    The team were encouraged by the performance of new parts on the car, and Giovinazzi said: “I am very happy about our performance today. It’s been a positive qualifying and I am very pleased to be back in the top ten. There were a few factors behind this result: the new upgrades package seems to be working well and we were able to make the most of the tyres in these conditions.

    “The track kept improving from lap to lap, so it was important to nail the last one in each part of qualifying. The only negative aspect is that we will be one of only two cars starting on soft tyres, but we can find a strategy that helps us stay in the points. We have good pace and hopefully we can get the good result that has been eluding us for too long.”

  3. Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Max Verstappen and Red Bull were not
    exactly thrilled to be 1.1 seconds behind Mercedes, 0.5secs off the fastest
    Ferrari, and only 0.009secs ahead of Lando Norris’s McLaren.

    Verstappen seemed
    to indicate that Red Bull’s main problem was that the Honda engine lacks the
    big final-qualifying power boost that the Renault engines finally has –
    and Mercedes and Ferrari have had for yonks.

    Was he worried about McLaren in
    the race? “Not too much,” he said. “We are normally better in the race. They
    have a power mode in qualifying, quite a strong one, so I should be all right.

    “They are doing a better job compared to the beginning of the
    season, they are catching up. Of course when you are so far behind it’s easy to
    close that gap but to find the last few tenths is hard. Also in my final run in
    Q3 I think we could have been closer to Ferrari but I had a weird behaviour in
    the last two corners so that was a bit of a shame.

    “When you look at last year as well it was not an easy track for
    us. The car we had in qualifying was not that bad. But we lose a lot of time on
    the straight. [And] also, having said that, from the car performance, we are
    not extracting the most out of it.”

    Team-mate Pierre Gasly was a disappointing ninth, blaming an
    error in set-up choice.

  4. Ridiculous trophies

    The debate continues…

    The gorilla trophy at the French GP certainly divided opinion.

    Some love it, others not so much.

    So we decided to take a trip down memory lane and found a bunch of other rather crazy trophies from the world of F1.

    If you can think of more let us know!

    #bbcf1

    Lewis Hamilton at the Chinese GP in 2014 holding the trophy

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    Image caption: Hamilton holding not one, but two of these monstrosities back in 2014 at the Chinese GP

    Massa on the podium in Valencia in 2008

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    Image caption: ‘What the hell is this?’ – That’s what I would be thinking if I was Massa

    Schumcher holding the trophy at the Bahrain GP

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    Image caption: The giant Bahrain bin strikes again!

    Daniel Ricciardo at the British GP on the podium

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    Image caption: Ricciardo thinking – ‘do I really want this?’

    Button on the podium holding a trophy

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    Image caption: Button holding something that would not look out of place in an episode of the Antiques Roadshow
  5. Reaction to Ferrari’s woes

    The papers are having some fun with Ferrari’s woes, perhaps unsurprisingly.

    The Mail quote Bernie Ecclestone saying Vettel can’t handle Hamilton and it’s affecting him mentally. Possible.

    And the The Sun are still amused by Ferrari’s attempt to defend Vettel’s Canada penalty by using former HRT driver Karun Chandhok’s TV punditry.

    the mail

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    the sun

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  6. Could dreams of a McLaren podium become a reality?

    Norris and Sainz have qualified in fifth and sixth respectively – a rostrum finish could be a possibility.

    McLaren’s
    best result after that 2012 win in Brazil was a double podium – second and
    third places for Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button respectively, at the
    Australian GP in 2014.

    Will
    their luck change at Paul Ricard, could the 126 race-losing streak come to an
    end?

    Well
    for Lando Norris, today could be the race that McLaren have been waiting for.
    The British driver qualified in fifth, with team-mate Carlos Saniz in sixth – one tenth off the pace of the
    19-year-old.

    “As
    a team we have done very well. I am sure they are going to be tough to beat but
    we are ahead of who we need to be. I have heard rumours from Renault saying we
    have a secret upgrade,” said Norris.

    *We weren’t expecting anything at all to be honest, but
    it has turned out better than we expected.”

    With both Mercedes on blistering form it might prove
    rather tricky for the Norris to clinch that coveted victory, or even a podium,
    but as we know in motorsport – anything can happen.

    The McLaren F1 team from 2012

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    Image caption: Could the current McLaren team emulate this race winning team from 2012?

    Kevin Magnusen on the podium at the Australian GP in 2014

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    Image caption: Magnussen giving it large on the podium. (Button was not actually on the rostrum, it was originally Ricciardo who finished second, but he was later disqualified and that pushed Button from fourth to third.)