France, Round 8 of the 2018 Formula 1 Championship – Paul Ricard’s return to the F1 calendar.
This year’s French Grand Prix will be the first Formula 1 race held in France since 2008’s race in Magny-Cours, and the first in Le Castellet (Paul Ricard) since 1990.
Fernando Alonso is heading into this weekend just one week later after his 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, but it’ll be time to change focus back to F1, where things won’t go as smoothly with McLaren’s current problems.
McLaren haven’t scored any points in the last two races – resulting in a loss of 4th place in the constructors standings. With Paul Ricard looking to favor Mercedes powered cars, it’s not looking promising for the Woking based team prior to this race weekend.
Regardless of McLaren’s current problems, Alonso will be looking to score more points, to remain 7th in the drivers standings.
Fernando Alonso, prior to the 2018 French Grand Prix:
“It’s not often we get to drive on new tracks, or tracks that are new for most of us but already have a strong legacy behind them, so after my Le Mans experience it’s great to be staying in France and heading to Paul Ricard. Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans still feels like a dream and it was an incredible week. It’s finally sinking in now and I’m already looking forward to getting back in my car and going racing again.”
“I’ve never raced at Paul Ricard in Formula 1, but I drove there in testing a few years ago and I’ve seen the designs of the new circuit configurations. I think it looks like it has the potential to be a mega track, and going to a new venue always makes things exciting, as we’re all in the same position learning it’s characteristics from scratch.”
“From what we do know, it’ll be a tough race for the cars and drivers, and a tricky technical challenge to set the cars up. It does look like there are a few overtaking opportunities though, which should hopefully provide some exciting racing. After a couple of disappointing weekends, I hope we can bounce back in France with a more positive result.”