Alonso may have won Le Mans 24h and gone a step forward towards the triple crown, but his chances of repeating anything similar this weekend are pretty much non-existent. F1 returns to the Circuit Paul Ricard that held the French Grand Prix on several occasions between 1971 and 1990. The circuit features the distinctive ‘Blue’ and ‘Red’ zones designed to reduce cars’ speed without the need for gravel traps, while any drivers who make a mistake in a corner are still being punishing by traveling over the abrasive surface.
The circuit’s long straights are, theoretically, favoring Mercedes’ stronger engine (if they bring the engine upgrade) but Ferrari showed in Canada a very strong pace. Again, the race should be a story between Vettel and Hamilton with the model predicting the former for both pole position and race win. Race predictions have been updated after the qualifying session.
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