Formula 1‘s French Grand Prix hasn’t been contested since 2008. It will return to the calendar this weekend at a venue that F1 hasn’t raced at in 28 years, Circuit Paul Ricard, or as many media outlets have taken to calling it, Le Castellet, after the location of the track. The return to Paul Ricard marks the beginning of a “tripleheader” for F1, with races in France, Austria and the United Kingdom in consecutive weeks.
F1 returns to Europe after a relatively tame Canadian Grand Prix that saw Sebastian Vettel retake the lead in the driver standings by a single point over rival Lewis Hamilton. In Canada, Hamilton was on the back foot with a delayed power unit upgrade. He and teammate Valtteri Bottas will have the upgrade in France. How will that affect the weekend?