Can Leclerc build on his Austrian GP win to rule in France? Catch all the action on Dstv, SuperSport

Viewers on DStv can look forward to the 12th round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, the French Grand Prix, live from Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet on the afternoon of Sunday 24 July 2022.

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The previous round in Austria on July 10 saw Charles Leclerc claim an impressive victory, with the Ferrari driver out-pacing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and surviving a late technical issue with his throttle pedal.

It was the Monegasque’s third win of the season, but a first since Australia back in April, with the result seeing him close the gap in the Drivers’ Championship to 38 points: Verstappen leads on 208 and Leclerc is second on 170.

“I definitely needed that one. The last five races have been incredibly difficult for me but also for the team, and to finally show we have the pace in the car and can do it was incredibly important,” said Leclerc.

“Yeah, it was a tricky day,” Verstappen explained. “It really seemed like we were struggling quite a bit with the tyres and basically, that continued on every single compound. So yeah, [I had] too much degradation to really attack Charles especially. But nevertheless, still, you know second place is a good result for us on a difficult day.”

Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr – placed third and fourth on 151 and 133 points respectively – had races to forget at the Red Bull Ring. Perez suffered a first-lap tangle with Mercedes’ George Russell and was ultimately forced to retire, while Sainz looked on course for a second-place finish, but saw his engine blow up in fiery fashion.

“There was no feedback coming from the engine that this was about to happen,” said Sainz Jr. “Very sudden, and yeah, a bit lost for words because it’s obviously a big, big loss on points on a huge result for a team – I think it would have been an easy one-two today.

“Well, fire, a lot of fire, a lot of damage for sure, which is not ideal and something that we will keep need to look in at. At least today, the pace was there, the degradation was very low on our car, we were fast. So yeah, I will take it and turn the page as soon as possible.”

The French GP, held currently at Circuit Paul Ricard, has traditionally been a happy-hunting ground for Ferrari (with the Scuderia claiming a record 17 wins), but the last three editions have been won by Red Bull (Verstappen in 2021) and Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton in 2019 and 2018).

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French Grand Prix broadcast details, 23-24 July 2022

All times CAT

Saturday 23 July

15:50: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1

Sunday 24 July

14:55: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1

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