Ferrari are confident that they have reclaimed momentum against this year’s rivals, Red Bull as we speed into the 2022 French Grand Prix where I suspect that Mercedes could finally be back in contention thanks to the long stretches of straights that feature on this fifteen corner, two mile long Circuit Paul Ricard which is located in the south of France where we can expect some fiery temperatures thanks to the ongoing heatwaves which are plaguing the continent and will surely put Pirelli’s tyres to the test!
Red Bull and Ferrari – along with their star drivers Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, have been the title protagonists so far this year with Verstappen holding a strong points lead with 38 points to be exact. Leclerc however, has ended a seven-race drought to take victory last time out in Austria and re-energize his title challenge. Austria was encouraging for both Charles and for his team due to the improvement in their speed and race pace. I’d like to think that Ferrari seem to have finally caught Red Bull’s straight line speed, whilst Red Bull themselves have maintained their edge in the corners. Mattia Binotto, the Ferrari boss, stated that the team was at a disadvantage to Red Bull in terms of straight-line speed, particularly in the DRS zones. He further stated that “they’ve put a lot of effort into it’’ with a new rear wing introduced on one car [for Leclerc Canada] but it has been on all the cars since then. As a result, the gap between the two cars was reduced with the new rear wing. “We have closed our speed gap. They still have a slight edge, but it is not significant’’ Binotto stated.
In Austria, Leclerc beat Verstappen by a wide margin, this was the first time during the season that the Dutchman has been passed and beaten on Sunday thanks to the Ferrari being kinder to its tyres. Binotto added that In the power-restricted corners, both Ferrari and Red Bull are ‘’very close’’ and that it’s all about the grip restricting corners where the scuderia can make all the difference for time lost. However the next title battle will be held at a track that features some very long straights and some very fast corners, you should also use The Very Best SportsBooks to place your bets on the French GP this weekend!
It’s certainly possible that we will be having a three-way team fight at the front, rather than just two as Mercedes is expected to be competitive once again this weekend. It’s unfortunate that Mercedes has struggled so much this season with race pace and seemingly never ending bouncing for the silver arrows, but they’ve had their best weekends on smooth circuits like Paul Ricard, and Mercedes were in contention for a British GP victory at Silverstone thanks to the track layout and other improvements they brought along with them. The eight-time world champions, who are currently in their eighth year, seem to have struggled in Austria – yet they still somehow managed to score some big points on Sunday – and it’s needless to say that they have always been fast at the French GP. In fact, given their deficit so far this year, a title challenge might seem like a far stretch for the team though Mercedes could be in contention for their first win this season as this race has long been considered to be a potential victorious race for George Russell, or for Lewis Hamilton who will be starting his 300th grand Prix this Sunday, what a win that would be.. Definitely two to keep an eye out for, as at this weekend’s French GP, we might just be seeing a six-driver, three-team fight for victory. Get The Best F1 Betting Odds for the 2022 French GP, here at The Grueling Truth
Alpine finished strong in Austria with the French team attaining double points, further leveling them with midfield rivals McLaren, as the battle for fourth in the constructors championship rages on. McLaren though still holding the advantage thanks to a Lando Norris’ podium all the way back in Imola. McLaren might still be in the lead, but the momentum seems to be with the French team as they’ll be looking to get clear of McLaren to make it fourth at their home race. Esteban Ocon took home a fifth place finish at the Austrian GP, Whilst Fernando Alonso placed tenth from the back of the grid. Alonso was the one who ensured that Alpine scored more points at Silverstone than McLaren a week before, beating Norris to fifth. Silverstone is a track with similarities to Paul Ricard, all whilst the French crowds will support their team at Le Castellet to help boost Ocon’s and Alonso’s performances, which gives both drivers and Alpine plenty of reason to be optimistic heading into their home race. Who do you think will finish the season on top? Place your bets using only the Top F1 Bookmakers!
One French driver looking for some support on home soil is Pierre Gasly, who’s not been having a great season so far. The Red Bull sister team have been struggling with their car and other technicalities. Pierre’s best finish this year was a fifth at the Azerbaijan GP, and probably that result was thanks to the Red Bull powertrain propelling their cars forward in the long straights. Similarly, the Paul Ricard circuit also has some long straights which will hopefully help Alpha Tauri, who had five DNF’s so far, with only a handful of point finishes, achieve some results in the second half of the season.
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