2021 F1 French Grand Prix - QUALIFYING RESULTS
1Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m31.001s1m31.080s1m29.990s
2Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m31.237s1m30.788s1m30.248s
3Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m31.669s1m30.735s1m30.376s
4Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1m31.560s1m30.971s1m30.445s
5Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m32.079s1m31.146s1m30.840s
6Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m31.898s1m31.353s1m30.868s
7Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m32.209s1m31.567s1m30.987s
8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m31.733s1m31.542s1m31.252s
9Fernando AlonsoESPAlpine F1 Team1m32.158s1m31.549s1m31.340s
10Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m32.181s1m31.615s1m31.382s
11Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m32.139s1m31.736s 
12Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m32.132s1m31.767s 
13Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m32.722s1m31.813s 
14George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1m33.060s1m32.065s 
15Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m32.942sNo Time Set 
16Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m33.062s  
17Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m33.354s  
18Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m33.554s  
19Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team2m21.584s  
20Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri HondaNo Time Set  

The French Grand Prix returns to the F1 calendar following its cancellation last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the Paul Ricard Circuit hosting the seventh round of the 2021 season. 

Just four points separate Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers' championship after both drivers failed to score in Azerbaijan. This allowed Sergio Perez to claim his first victory for Red Bull ahead of Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly.

Paul Ricard has been a great circuit for Mercedes over the years as it looks to hit back following two disappointing races in Monaco and Baku. Ferrari is expected to struggle despite taking back-to-back pole positions, while Alpine will be hoping for a strong result on home soil, especially as Esteban Ocon has just signed a new three-year contract extension. 

2021 F1 calendar

Bahrain Grand Prix - March 28

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - April 18

Portuguese Grand Prix - May 2

Spanish Grand Prix - May 9

Monaco Grand Prix - May 23

Azerbaijan Grand Prix - June 6

French Grand Prix - June 20

Styrian Grand Prix - June 27

Austrian Grand Prix - July 4

British Grand Prix - July 18

Hungarian Grand Prix - August 1

Belgian Grand Prix - August 29

Dutch Grand Prix - September 5

Italian Grand Prix - September 12

Russian Grand Prix - September 26

Japanese Grand Prix - October 10

United States Grand Prix - October 24

Mexican Grand Prix - October 31

Brazilian Grand Prix - November 7

Australian Grand Prix - November 21

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - December 5

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - December 12