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Live Reporting

By Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's enough excitement for one day

    Mercedes were quickest overall today with Lewis Hamilton in the first session, and Valtteri Bottas in FP2.

    Ferrari's request for review of Sebastian Vettel's five-second penalty was thrown out by the FIA and the penalty remains.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 10:30 BST for more French Grand Prix fun.

    Au revoir.

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  2. Crazy F1 trophies

    The debate continues...

    Phil: Great news that the stewards decision was respected. Message is clear to Ferrari and Seb.

    Chris: 2018 French GP trophy was horrible. Looks more like a cheap plastic toy

    Matthew: I love that Sonic trophy. Now if only Nintendo would sponsor Suzuka and give us a Mario Kart trophy.

    We love the Sonic trophy too Matthew - great memories of that wet race at Donington in 1993!


  3. Vote results

    Should Vettel's penalty be overturned?

    No - 82%

    Yes - 18%

    It's no referendum result and seems pretty clear cut. Plus it matches with the real results of Ferrari's request for review.

  4. One investigation over, another one to deal with of largely the same nature

    Which is rejoining the track in an unsafe manor.

    Gets us all eventually.

    Here's the moment Lewis Hamilton went off the track.

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  5. BreakingFerrari 'appeal' thrown out

    Ferrari's appeal against Sebastian Vettel's five-second time penalty which cost him the Canadian Grand Prix, two weeks ago has been thrown out and the penalty still stands.

    The following decision has been made:

    "There are no significant or new elements which were unavailable to the parties at the time".

  6. A good day for McLaren

    Carlos Sainz says: "It's been a good day when you’re not happy with the car and I was P8 so that gives me confidence for tomorrow.

    "We were running parts and changing things so hopefully for tomorrow we can put together all the good pieces and have a good day.

    "I don’t know why we are strong here, but I will say it suits our car when we qualify P6/P7 but until then I don’t know.

    "The tyres are the main challenge they are behaving differently, and it could mean some strategy decisions for tomorrow."

  7. Almost in team order

    Second practice results

    Which is good news from a team performance perspective, except for Romain Grosjean...

    1. Valtteri Bottas - 1:30.937 (Mercedes)

    2. Lewis Hamilton - 1:31.361 (Mercedes)

    3. Charles Leclerc - 1:31.586 (Ferrari)

    4. Sebastian Vettel - 1:31.665 (Ferrari)

    5. Lando Norris - 1:31.882 (McLaren)

    6. Max Verstappen - 1:32.049 (Red Bull)

    7. Carlos Sainz - 1:32.432 (McLaren)

    8. Pierre Gasly - 1:32.448 (Red Bull)

    9. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:32.677 (Alfa Romeo)

    10. Kevin Magnussen - 1:32.789 (Haas)

    11. Antonio Giovinazzi - 1:32.973 (Alfa Romeo)

    12. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:33.020 (Renault)

    13. Alex Albon - 1:33.023 (Toro Rosso)

    14. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:33.081 (Renault)

    15. Daniel Kvyat - 1:33.254 (Toro Rosso)

    16. Sergio Perez - 1:33.300 (Racing Point)

    17. Romain Grosjean - 1:33.591 (Haas)

    18. Lance Stroll - 1:33.884 (Racing Point)

    19. George Russell - 1:34.614 (Williams)

    20. Robert Kubica - 1:35.195 (Williams)

  8. BreakingValtteri Bottas quickest in FP2

    He had his porridge for lunch. He was 0.424 sec ahead of Hamilton who had a problem, and 0.649 ahead of the Ferraris.

    What have we learned from that session? The track is hot, the softs seem to be degrading quicker than we've seen at other circuits this year, and there's been a few spins on that new track surface.

    We could be in for a tricky qualifying session tomorrow.

  9. Four minutes to go

    Lando Norris: "Why am I at the bottom of the pack? It's doing something funny."

    As in... why is my battery low.

  10. Radio message - Leclerc

    "All the tyres are gone."

    Bottas there is on the medium tyres and says everything is consistent, but Leclerc's softs are destroyed. Could be some interesting tyre strategies on Sunday.

    Charles Leclerc
  11. Top five with ten minutes remaining

    1. Bottas (M) 1:30.937

    2. Hamilton (M) +0.424

    3. Leclerc (S) + 0.649

    4. Vettel (M) + 0.728

    5. Norris (S) 0.945

  12. Radio message - Bottas

    "Everything is very consistent, I have a bit of a flat spot on the front left which is creating some understeer."

  13. Worst trophies of all time...

    What is the most ridiculous trophy you have ever seen?

    At the 2018 French GP the gorilla trophy certainly divided opinion - is this one of the worst trophies in F1 or even sport?

    Kimi didn't look too impressed.... 'what do I do with this?'


    In 2018 the French GP trophy was a monkey
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  14. Post update

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    Haas have been driving with vibrations all day, Grosjean has been collecting all these flat spotted tyres.

  15. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Mercedes detected a misfire, they checked it and the problem has been resolved so he's back out now.

  16. Get Involved

    Phil Shuttleworth: Will do nothing for integrity of F1 if Vettel penalty overturned. Classless from Vettel and Ferrari to deflect attention from his error in going off track in first place by claiming stewards 'stole his win'. Seb - your mistake, your loss

    Adam Reynolds: why couldn't Vettel have given first place up to Hamilton as soon as they realised he'd blocked him. With the straight line speed advantage Ferrari had surely he'd have taken it back 'easily' and they'd have avoided the penalty. Another tactical mistake by Ferrari?

    Edith: After reviewing the footage I don't believe the penalty should be overturned.

    Are you doing an impression of the stewards there, Edith?