2022 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Preview And Predictions

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2022 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Preview And Predictions

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2022 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Preview And Predictions

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The last race was the Austrian Grand Prix which saw Charles Leclerc get his third win of the season and make the title fight with Max Verstappen close again. Now after a week off, for the 12th race of the season it is time for the French Grand Prix. With that, Formula 1 analysts Marissa Myers, Anthony Ravasio, Dash Pederson, and Tayyib Abu give a preview of the race with their predictions!

 

The Circuit Paul Ricard runs for a total of 53 laps over 3.63 miles. There will be 15 corners with two DRS zones, the zones run from turn seven until turn eight and from turn 15 down the pit straight into turn one. The track features a bit of everything, from low-, medium-, and high-speed corners to long straights; this track will suit multiple teams’ strengths. For the race, the tire compounds will be in the neutral range with C2, C3, and C4.

It was announced on Friday that Carlos Sainz would be suffering a 10-place grid penalty. This is due to Ferrari installing the third set of control electronics putting him over the limit of two. 

Haas has been on a great streak as of late. During the Canadian Grand Prix, both Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen finished inside the points. Then during the Austrian Grand Prix, both drivers gained points again. The team was supposed to be bringing upgrades to the race but with the recent back-to-back point finishes, they elected to not upgrade the car until the Hungarian Grand Prix. If they can make it three races in a row will be an area to watch. 

Another aspect to watch in this race is the current heat wave that is sweeping across Europe. As it stands at the moment the projected temperature for the race is supposed to be right around 91 degrees Fahrenheit without adding in humidity. These types of temperatures will have an impact on the racing surface which will cause different tire strategies, and it could cause problems with engine reliability.

Predictions: 

Marissa-

1: Lewis Hamilton 

2: Max Verstappen 

3: George Russell 

Over the last three races, Lewis Hamilton has finally found his groove and finished third in all three while also setting fastest lap times. What will help even more is the Circuit Paul Ricard is a smooth surface which plays even further to the advantage of Mercedes. After a rough start to the season, and the upgrades Mercedes is bringing, Hamilton could very well get his first win of 2022. Max Verstappen’s Red Bull car showed to be quick once again during both of the practice sessions on Friday. Red Bull’s tire strategy also has been a key factor for them this season and will help Verstappen secure a second-place finish. Although Leclerc had a faster pace than Red Bull in Austria, passing Verstappen three times, he has not had as much success at this circuit. With the heat that could cause more reliability issues and the Ferrari strategy errors that continue to pop up, Leclerc may struggle in this race. This will lead to George Russell benefiting from not only the Mercedes car being reliable but being consistent himself with top five finishes in 10 of the 11 races this season. 

 

Anthony-

1: Lewis Hamilton 

2: Max Verstappen 

3: Charles Leclerc 

The French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard is one of the cooler tracks on the docket. Temperature wise will be the exact opposite with record heat expected as Europe is dealing with a massive heat wave. This could lead to some issues with tires, reliability, consistency, and more. But the French Grand Prix is not a track that features any chaos or change in the first place, and Formula 1 teams are more than experienced when it comes to dealing with the elements. Extreme heat is not nearly as detrimental as rain, so I expect the top teams to continue to be at the top this weekend. Lewis Hamilton is absolutely due for a win, and his odds at +600 with a surging Mercedes car make that play a very good look. A 10-place grid penalty for Sainz puts Ferrari in a very tough spot after gaining momentum last week. I’m very tempted to predict a double podium for Mercedes because they are beyond due, but I see no way Red Bull and Ferrari do not finish top three. Hamilton SQUEAKS past for his first win in 2022 after another classic battle with Verstappen. Leclerc finishes close behind.

 

Dash-

1: Charles Leclerc 

2: Max Verstappen 

3: Lewis Hamilton 

Leclerc will get his second straight race win as Ferrari continues closing the gap in the Constructors’ Championship. Verstappen will continue to be one of the top drivers on the grid and finish on the podium yet again. Hamilton is coming off of three podiums in a row at Austria, Silverstone, and Canada and will do it again this weekend. He’s finally found his pace in this year’s Mercedes car and is still a better driver than George Russell at this stage in their careers. Formula 1 will see the exact same podium as last week, for the first time all season.

 

Tayyib- 

1: Max Verstappen 

2: Charles Leclerc 

3: George Russell 

While Ferrari looked dominant on Friday, high tire degradation appeared to offer a sliver of hope for Red Bull. Max Verstappen’s car looked fast in a straight line and kinder on its tires. Red Bull won this race in 2021 with a similar formula, and Verstappen will fancy another run at Leclerc. Expect a race-long battle between the championship contenders, with the “Flying Dutchman” emerging victorious. Carlos Sainz’s grid penalty and Sergio Perez’s struggles may open the door for Mercedes. The car’s race pace buoyed George Russell, and “Mr. Consistent” is more than capable of snatching another podium finish.

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