French GP: Friday's action in pictures

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French GP: Friday's action in pictures

Mercedes drew first blood in FP1 with Valtteri Bottas but Red Bull's Max Verstappen would have none of it in the afternoon as he put the bulls back on top.

Check out our recap in pictures of the action from the opening day of running at the French GP at Paul Ricard.

Matt Bishop (GBR) Aston Martin F1 Team Chief Communications Officer.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 with his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell (AUS) Professional Cyclist.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 with his girlfriend Tiffany Cromwell (AUS) Professional Cyclist.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesNikita Mazepin (RUS) Haas F1 Team VF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesKimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo Racing C41.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesRoy Nissany (ISR) Williams Racing FW43B Development Driver.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesRoy Nissany (ISR) Williams Racing FW43B Development Driver.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesMick Schumacher (GER) Haas VF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesNikita Mazepin (RUS) Haas F1 Team VF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesCharles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesRoy Nissany (ISR) Williams Racing FW43B Development Driver.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesFabrizio Borra (ESP) Alpine F1 Team Physio.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M carrying a tribute to Mansour Ojjeh.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M carrying a tribute to Mansour Ojjeh.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21 with flat spotted tyre in the first practice session.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesKimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo Racing C41.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesDaniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesYuki Tsunoda (JPN) AlphaTauri AT02.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21 with sensor equipment on the front wing.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B with sensor equipment.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesKimi Raikkonen (FIN) Alfa Romeo Racing C41.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesRoy Nissany (ISR) Williams Racing FW43B Development Driver in the pits.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesLaurent Mekies (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director in the FIA Press Conference.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: FIA Pool Image for Editorial Use OnlyGeorge Russell (GBR) Williams Racing.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Bearne / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesMax Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesLando Norris (GBR) McLaren MCL35M.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesCarlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari SF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesNicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesSergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesAlain Prost (FRA) Alpine F1 Team Non-Executive Director.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521 reflected in a fire marshal's helmet visor.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesSebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLance Stroll (CDN) Aston Martin F1 Team AMR21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesEsteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesDaniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL35M.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesValtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W12.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesCarlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari SF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesPierre Gasly (FRA) AlphaTauri AT02.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Batchelor / XPB ImagesChristian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesFernando Alonso (ESP) Alpine F1 Team A521.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Moy / XPB ImagesLewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes AMG F1  
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
- www.xpbimages.com, EMail: requests@xpbimages.com © Copyright: Charniaux / XPB ImagesMick Schumacher (GER) Haas VF-21.
18.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France, Practice Day.
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Hamilton: 'We were all sliding around out there!'

Lewis Hamilton admitted that finding grip had been hard work during Friday practice at Circuit Paul Ricard ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion was second quickest in the morning, a third of a second slower than his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas. Although he narrowed the gap in the afternoon, he also slipped to third place with Max Verstappen ging fastest.

"It was quite a struggle out there, probably for everyone," he acknowledged afterwards.

"I don't know if it's the track surface, the temperature or these inflated tyres - the pressures are higher than ever before - but we were all sliding around out there," he told Sky Sports F1.

"They put the pressures up higher than ever before, one of the highest, so it’s difficult to say.

"We'll be doing a lot of analysis tonight with the hope that it's better for tomorrow, but the times don't look terrible and we're in the battle, so that's positive."

"I’m looking at every option. We’ve made lots of changes, we will probably do a lot of analysis again tonight with the hope that it’s going to be better tomorrow but we wont know [until] we get back out tomorrow."

Hamilton brushed off the impact of switching chassis with Bottas since Baku. “It’s a different track,” he said. "Very rarely do you have any differences between the chassis.”

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A lot of the analysis will focus on tyre performance. Bottas set his best time on the medium tyres and Hamilton was unable to match it on the nominally faster soft compound, but it's the hardest tyre that looks to be working best for Mercedes this weekend.

"The hard compound is the better-feeling tyre, it felt heavy-duty which is important with the temperatures here," Hamilton commented.

"The softer you go the worse it feels, so I imagine the hard tyre will be the one everyone wants to get onto in the race on Sunday."

Mercedes' chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin added that the reduced length of the Friday practice times was leaving the team scrambling to get everything don that it needed.

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"It's been a busy day trying to fit in a programme with low fuel work and decent length long runs, but that's always going to be the case with just one hour in each session.

"In terms of pace we look reasonable and getting a single lap out of the tyres has seemed easier than it was in Baku or Monaco.

"However, neither driver is totally satisfied with where we have the car, so we've got a bit of investigation to do overnight to try and understand how we can get the balance to be a bit more predictable."

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