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Lap distance: 5.842km.
Total distance: 309.626 km (53 laps)

No race at the circuit since 1990.

RACE WINS

Canada was championship leader with Sebastian Vettel’s third win in seven races this season for Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo have two wins apiece.

Ferrari have won 232 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 78 and Red Bull 57. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

ABOUT FRANCE

Sunday’s race will be the first French Grand Prix since 2008, when it was at Magny-Cours. That race was won by Ferrari’s now-retired Brazilian Felipe Massa. Le Castellet last hosted an F1 Grand Prix in 1990, with Frenchman Alain Prost handing Ferrari their 100th win. There will be three French drivers in the race – Romain Grosjean (Haas), Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) – and three teams using French engines: Renault, McLaren and Red Bull.

MILESTONES

If Hamilton wins, he will set a record for the most victories in different Grands Prix. He currently shares the record of 22 with retired seven times world champion Michael Schumacher.

He already holds the record of winning at 25 different circuits. Sunday’s race is the first in an unprecedented triple-header – three races over three successive weekends (France, Austria, Britain), so scheduled to avoid a clash with the World Cup final in Russia.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is celebrating victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours race last weekend, making him only the fifth F1 champion to achieve that feat. Montreal was Vettel’s 50th Formula One win.

Reuters

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