After Sebastian Vettel reclaimed the lead of the 2018 world championship with a commanding win in Canada, Formula 1 returns to France for the first time in 10 years. 

The Ferrari driver took advantage of a tough weekend for Mercedes in Montreal to replace Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ standings, after the Briton struggled to fifth around a circuit usually renowned for being one of his strongest. 

France was axed from the F1 calendar due to financial issues following the 2008 race, which marked the last time the sport visited the country. Paul Ricard last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990 - won by Ferrari’s Alain Prost, before the race moved to Magny-Cours between 1991 and 2008.



Ferrari has enjoyed great success in France in the past, taking 17 poles and 17 victories. Can the Scuderia make it back-to-back wins at Le Castellet to close the 17-point margin to current constructors’ leaders Mercedes? 

When is the French Grand Prix?

The 2018 French Grand Prix takes place on Sunday June 24. Cars will hit the track for the first during FP1 and FP2 on Friday, before final practice and qualifying continues on Saturday. 

Where is the French Grand Prix taking place?

The French Grand Prix is held at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet. The track is 3.630 miles long with the race comprising of 53 laps.

Where can I watch the French Grand Prix?

The 2018 French Grand Prix is being shown exclusively LIVE on Sky Sports F1 (UK only). 

Friday 22nd June 

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP FP1 - 10.30am

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP FP2 - 2.45pm 

Saturday 23rd June 

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP FP3 - 11.45am

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP Qualifying build-up - 2pm (session start 3pm)

Sunday 24th June 

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP Pit Lane LIVE - 1.30pm

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP On The Grid - 2.30pm

LIVE Sky Sports F1 French GP Race - 3.10pm

How else can I follow the 2018 French Grand Prix?

Besides the TV coverage, will be reporting live from the Paul Ricard paddock this weekend with live commentary from all sessions, plus the usual news, interviews and features. 

Updates will also be posted to's F1 Twitter account (@CRASH_NET_F1), and you can also follow our on-site reporter Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) for more information. 

Recent French F1 Winners 

2008: Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

2007: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2006: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2005: Fernando Alonso (Renault)

2004: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2003: Ralph Schumacher (Williams)

2002: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2001: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2000: David Coulthard (McLaren)

1999: Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Jordan)

1998: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

Where can I watch Formula 1 in 2018?

ALL F1 races, qualifying and practice sessions will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, with Channel 4 dual-broadcasting a selection of races LIVE on terrestrial television.

25 March Australian Grand Prix

8 April Bahrain Grand Prix

15 April Chinese Grand Prix

29 April Azerbaijan Grand Prix

13 May Spanish Grand Prix

27 May Monaco Grand Prix

10 June Canadian Grand Prix

24 June French Grand Prix

1 July Austrian Grand Prix

8 July British Grand Prix

22 July German Grand Prix

29 July Hungarian Grand Prix

26 August Belgian Grand Prix 

2 September Italian Grand Prix

16 September Singapore Grand Prix

30 September Russian Grand Prix 

7 October Japanese Grand Prix

21 October United States Grand Prix

28 October Mexican Grand Prix

11 November Brazilian Grand Prix

25 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix




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