F1 French Grand Prix: Start time, TV channel, Live Stream and Latest Odds

After a brief foray in North America, the Formula One season returns to Europe this weekend, namely to the French Riviera.

Lewis Hamilton won the race last year, as the French Grand Prix returned to the calendar after a decade-long absence, and the Briton will be the man to beat this weekend.

Mercedes have dominated the season so far, winning each of the opening seven races and claiming pole position in five of them.

The most recent success, however, came with a large dose of controversy. Hamilton finished behind Sebastian Vettel in Montreal, Canada, two weeks ago but was promoted to first after the Ferrari driver was handed a five-second penalty. The German was sanctioned after the stewards ruled he had returned to the track unsafely, while simultaneously forcing Hamilton off it on lap 48.

"That's absolutely not the way I wanted to win," the Mercedes driver told the BBC after the race. "I took the corner normally, but when you come back on the track you are not meant to come back straight on the racing line. You're meant to rejoin safely. I forced the error and he went wide [...] we nearly collided, but that's motor racing."

Ferrari have appealed the decision and Vettel found a surprising ally in Max Verstappen, who suggested Formula One should "throw the rule book away."

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Red Bull driver said: "I think he [Vettel] didn't deserve a penalty. The first mistake was that Seb went off the track but then I think when he rejoined he didn't do anything. He was not purposely blocking Lewis. He did everything he could to do it in a safe way. So I think why they gave him the penalty was wrong."

The Dutchman then took a dig at what he perceives to be overly restrictive rules. "I am not a big fan of all the rules. I would throw the rule book away in terms of racing."

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Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9 in Montreal, Canada. Mark Thompson/Getty

Where and when is the French Grand Prix?

The Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille hosts the eighth round of the 2019 World Championship. The track made its return to the calendar last year, ending a 29-year hiatus. The race is scheduled to get underway at 3:10 p.m. local time (9:10 a.m. ET).

Located in Le Castellet, the track first hosted Formula One in 1971 and it then alternated with the Dijon-Prenois circuit until 1984 before becoming the sole host between 1985 and 1990.

The French Grand Prix then left track in favor of Magny-Cours from 1991 until 2008, when it disappeared altogether from the calendar.

TV channel

The French Grand Prix will be broadcast live by ESPN. Coverage of race day begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, with the race scheduled to get underway just over 30 minutes later.

Live stream

The race will also be available on ESPN+ and via WatchESPN.com, while Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue will all offer a live stream.

Odds

Bookmakers are backing Mercedes to extend its domination into the eighth round of the season. According to Oddschecker, Lewis Hamilton is an 8/11 favorite to win at Le Castellet, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas is second-favorite at 11/4.

After seeing victory slip through his grasp because of a five-second penalty in Canada, Sebastian Vettel is 9/2 to bring Ferrari its first race win of the season.

His teammate, Charles Leclerc, is a 7/1 shot, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen is a 20/1 outsider.

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