The scene is set of the next round of the 2019 Formula One season, the French Grand Prix, at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The track has a variety of corners, something which makes it an ideal test track in much the same way as Barcelona. Therefore, all aspects of a car must be performing as expected, including Aerodynamic downforce in the high-speed corners and mechanical grip in the slower speed ones.
The quality of a driver’s exits from Turns 6 and 15 will be critical in determining overtaking possibilities on to the ensuing DRS-assisted straights, with the latter in particular requiring good traction. In addition, Turn 11 is a long right-hander, approached at over 300km/h, and requires a double apex line, together with the dual presence of braking and turning. It is critical to have a well-balanced car through here, and Aerodynamic downforce is also paramount.
Follow us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Circuit Paul Ricard, as the 2019 French Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the SF90, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the win.