Parisian chaos gives Vettel second consecutive victory


127Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:35.303
296Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:35.342
31Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:35.746
464Dave CassidyFerrari1:35.786
518Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:36.018
633Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:36.022
773Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:36.172
847Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:36.221
93Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:36.261
1035Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:36.298
116Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:36.746
1211James James DaviesToyota1:36.818
1357Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:36.889
1456Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:36.931
1599Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:37.018
1614Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:37.025
177Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:37.028
1894Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:37.499
1955Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:37.534
2019Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:37.933
2137Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:37.973
2210Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:38.050
2398Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:38.091
2423Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:38.169


After last year’s challenging and mistake-inducing race, the race at Paris in 2020 was expected to follow a similar pattern. Fresh off the news that the event would be shelved in favour of a return to Monaco in 2021, the organisers promised to put on an entertaining race to try and get it back onto the calendar for 2022 onwards. It certainly followed up from last year’s error-inducing event in terms of mistakes.

Lando Norris and Daniel Melrose ended each other’s races at the first corner, James James Davies spun out and was collected by Jordan Davies, Precision had reliability issues – Bianchi suffering a water leak and Torrente’s gearbox breaking, Nakajima made an amateurish error by spinning three times in the same place, and Charles Leclerc made a rookie error at a crucial moment in the race.

However, one man who redeemed himself over last year’s shenanigans was Sebastian Vettel. He carefully guided his car past the broken Precisions to win again and following him in tow was Pastor Maldonado, the Venezuelan suffering a miserable title defence in his Sauber, managing to get his first podium finish of the year with a fine 2nd, with his teammate Dean Stoneman in 4th. Marcel Agyemang-Badu also profited from the erratic race to secure his 2nd podium of the year.

Behind them Mansell scored another solid points finish with a 5th and 6th, Einar Ármannsson scored valuable points for Calinetic, and Mike Rockenfeller once again proved to be inept and disappointing with an 11th place finish.


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd52:28.83515
21Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+15.27012
314Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes+25.92910
457Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+27.6488
535Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+28.4626
66Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+29.5685
733Salvatore MiccoliFerrari+32.5424
856Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd+38.7103
93Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari+40.0972
107Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+43.0391
1199Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+49.9010
1294Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd+55.9000
1355Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari+58.5180
1498Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari+102.5750
1510Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1 Lap0
1623Alexander AlbonDawson-JuddSuspension0
DNF37Kazuki NakajimaToyotaAccident0
DNF64Dave CassidyFerrariMotor0
DNF96Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-MercedesTransmission0
DNF27Jules BianchiPrecision-MercedesWater Leak0
DNF19Jordan DaviesTheodore-FerrariCollision0
DNF11James James DaviesToyotaCollision0
DNF73Daniel MelroseRed Bull-FerrariCollision0
DNF47Lando NorrisCaterham-JuddCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Jules Bianchi – 1:38.940

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Sauber-Judd – they finally showed some semblance to last year’s title-winning ways.

Reject Of The Race:

Precision-Mercedes – threw away a guaranteed 1-2 finish with mechanical issues.