The French Grand Prix 2018 will be the round eight of the F1 World Championship. Formula One heads to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the French GP after a decade. The last French Grand Prix was held on the circuit Magny-Cours in 2008. It was Ferrari dominance back in 2008 as Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen finished first and second while Trulli finished third for Toyota. Michael Schumacher holds the record for most number of wins having won the French Grand Prix eight times. Ferrari has the highest wins as a constructors having won the GP a record 17 times and Williams stands second with 8 wins.
2018 French Grand Prix weather forecast (Weather Info Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet):
From the Formula 1 teams’ point of view, different weather conditions can result in very different races, and Formula 1 teams adapt their strategy accordingly, for example using different tyres in wet conditions, and taking account of cross winds which can cause stability problems at high speeds. It is always well worth checking the weather before any grand prix as it can often throw a curve ball into the mix, although in France this time things look pretty straightforward. Conditions appear near-on perfect this year ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix weekend. Sun will be shining bright for the race on Sunday, June 24 with a temperature of around 26-degree Celsius. There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday, when the qualifying session is scheduled to take place, but most likely the session will take place in dry conditions.
2018 French Grand Prix Information
FRIDAY 22ND JUNE
The engines finally roar into life! Two free practice sessions are the highlights of the first day of action on the track. From 12:00 to 13:30 the drivers take part in the first free practice session which, for them all, is their first real contact with the French Grand Prix circuit. The teams use this session to assess pre-calculated setups and test some new parts. The second free practice between 16:00 and 17:30 enables them to validate the modifications made to the setups because of the information gathered in the first session. The drivers also assess the performance of the tyres and analyse their behaviour in view of the race.
10.25am: P3 Series / Practice session
12am: Formula 1 / 1st practice session
1.55pm: FIA Formula 2 / Practice session
4pm: Formula 1 / 2nd practice session
5.55pm: FIA Formula 2 / Qualifying session
6.50pm: GP3 Series / Qualifying session
SATURDAY 23RD JUNE
The third free practice session between 13:00 and 14:00 is mainly devoted to finding pure performance and preparation for qualifying. The latter determines the grid positions that are so important for the race. The qualifying session between 16:00 and 17:00 unfolds in three eliminatory phases: the 15-fastest drivers in Q1 go into Q2 after which only the ten quickest progress to Q3 to fight for pole position.
9.30am: Masters Endurance Legends / Qualifying session
11.30am: GP3 Series / 1st race
1pm: Formula 1 / 3rd practice session
2.40pm: FIA Formula 2 / Drivers parade
4pm: Formula 1 / Qualifying session
5.45pm: FIA Formula 2 / 1st race
7.15pm: Masters Endurance Legends / 1st race
SUNDAY 24TH JUNE
After gathering momentum the tension builds up to a crescendo on Sunday. The drivers’ parade at 12:30 is an intense moment of communication with the crowd. The weekend reaches its paroxysm at 16:10 with the start, a crucial moment in the race. Several activities will enrich this programme in the coming weeks to the delight of the crowd.
09.25am: Masters Endurance Legends / 2nd race
10.50am: GP3 Series / 2nd race
12am: FIA Formula 2 / 2nd race
1.15pm: Patrouille de France
1.25pm: Renault Passion parade
2.30pm: Drivers’ parade
3.00pm: Starting Grid Presentation
3.15pm: Air shows
3.56pm: National anthem
4.10pm: Formula 1 / Grand Prix
6.30pm: David Guetta concert