But the answer was negative, according to team boss Mattia Binotto.
“The choice we made was the proper and the right one,” he said. “I think that Carlos from the cockpit, from the heat, does not have all the information so for him was difficult to judge. But no doubt that I think we made the right choice.
“At first we were trying to extend the stint as much as possible to have the best freedom, the tyre life, to make sure we are not overshooting any decisions in terms of tyre life.
“As soon as we got all the information which were required, we realised that there was not sufficient tyre life to go to the end of the race. As simple as that. To stay out would have been risk in terms of safety and reliability in terms of tyre life. So we had to stop.”
Au revoir Paul Ricard, 2023 F1 calendar rumours swirl
Under the blazing sun at Paul Ricard, there was a single dark cloud over the French Grand Prix: the persistent rumours that this would be the last for the foreseeable future.
Paul Ricard’s current deal expires at the end of this year and according to those in the paddock, it does not appear on the provisional calendar for 2023.
The French and Belgian Grands Prix look likely to disappear, as Kyalami, Shanghai, Las Vegas and Qatar make a return to the 2023 F1 calendar.
The best that the circuit can hope for appears to be a biannual deal, but there doesn’t seem to be any prospect of that happening at the moment.
MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo set to test for Mercedes
I'm driving today 😂 pic.twitter.com/h1DtbY4HG7
— Fabio Quartararo (@FabioQ20) July 24, 2022
Reigning MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo is said to be in the running for a Mercedes Formula 1 test before the end of the year, thanks to their common sponsor, Monster Energy.
The French Yamaha rider had time in the Mercedes simulator last year when he expressed his hope of driving the car one day.
He was seen in the Mercedes pit garage — and sitting in George Russell’s car — at the French Grand Prix, where he said on the grid that he was working on securing a session on track this year.
Quartararo would be following Valentino Rossi, who first tested for Ferrari in 2004, and swapped his bike with Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car in 2019.
Marc Marquez has also had time behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso, and Dani Pedrosa has driven a Red Bull.