We’re headed into Round 7 of the 2021 Formula 1 season calendar, now headed to Circuit Paul Ricard in France for the French Grand Prix. This race makes it the third time in a row this season in which drivers participate in a circuit that wasn’t part of last year’s calendar, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This race makes it the first of the first triple header this season, due to the next following races being back to back in Austria.
Coming off the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, an unexpected winner came about in the form of Sergio Perez, with Sebastian Vettel coming in second place, and Pierre Gasly in third. The reigning champion Lewis Hamilton finished in 15th place. Quite the change considering the performances from previous rounds. But it can happen to the best of us. France looks to be a different story.
2021 French Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, June 20th, 7:00am ET
- Where: Circuit Paul Ricard, France
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 5.842km
- Laps: 53
- Race Distance: 309.69km
- Number of Corners: 15
2021 French Grand Prix Odds
- Lewis Hamilton +100
- Max Verstappen +200
- Valterri Bottas +400
- Sergio Perez +1400
- Charles Leclerc +4000
- Lando Norris +5000
- Fernando Alonso +10000
- Esteban Ocon +10000
- Carlos Sainz +10000
- Pierre Gasly +10000
- Daniel Ricciardo +10000
- George Russell +15000
- Yuki Tsunoda +25000
- Kimi Raikkonen +25000
- Antonio Giovinazzi +25000
- Mick Schumacher +50000
- Sebastian Vettel +75000
- Lance Stroll +100000
- Nikita Mazepin +200000
- Nicholas Latifi +200000
Favorites to Win the 2021 French Grand Prix
After suffering a horrible race in Azerbaijan last week, Hamilton looks to get back on track in France. This track is nothing new for him, as he’s won the past two races a Circuit Paul Ricard, in 2018 and 2019. But this recent performance is one of his worst since he started with Mercedes eight years ago. He also hasn’t been able to place himself in the top six in the past two rounds, which has kept him on hold, gaining no points, and placing him in second place four points behind Max Verstappen. So the reigning champ has plenty of work to do, but this is a track he knows well and shouldn’t bring much issue for him.
Speaking of Verstappen, he also didn’t have the greatest race in Azerbaijan, ending in 18th place. So he’s looking to shake that race off and keep leading in the standings, as he leads Hamilton by four points, taking first place. His performances in France have been good, ending in fourth place in 2018 and 2019. His recent win was at the Monaco Grand Prix. His performance so far this season has provided a couple of wins and three second place finishes.
Long Shots to Win the 2021 French Grand Prix
The winner of this year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix might not have that same performance as he recently did. The newest member of Red Bull Racing said last week that he now understands the car. Well, he clearly does after taking the victory. But can we expect the same outcome for him this weekend? Maybe not first place, but he could end up in the top six.
Looking a Leclerc, he is currently in fifth place of the rankings, making him second best within the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers. Even more curious, he hasn’t even made it to the podium and he’s in the top five. The young Ferrari driver has a lot ahead of him and his performance is improving. His ranking alone speaks for itself.
2021 French Grand Prix Betting Prediction
If you’re expecting a crazy outcome like last week, you’ll probably be disappointed. We will probably see one of the top drivers take the spot, most likely Hamilton, due to his recent history with the track. Plus, he needs the win to get first place back and maybe get another Drivers’ Championship by the end of the season.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.