Max Verstappen was elusive in the qualifications for the French Grand Prix, leaving Hamilton behind for more than 0.2s, who in his final attempt in Q3 surpassed Botas, who is moving to the third position.
Most of the training was in the sign of Red Bull, and Max had an advantage of almost a full second over the Mercedes in the third training. The big difference is more noticeable on the softer component of the tires and this was seen in the Q1 and Q3 part of the qualifications on the track in France. The first sector was marked by Mercedes and Hamilton had the best time in his last attempt in that sector, but in the other two sectors Max did a great job and came to another pole position. Botas had a good pace during training, and even during the qualifications, but in his last attempt, Hamilton set a better time. In that last attempt, both Mercedes drivers did a better job than the winner from the last race, Perez. At one point in Q3, Perez held second place and so Red Bull would have the first starting line, but that still did not happen, the Mercedes drivers tried to separate the Red Bull drivers at the start of the race.
Carlos Sainz is, it can be said, the winner of the qualification because he won that fifth place or the so-called B pole position. Despite the bad pace of Ferrari (which officially gave up the development of the current car and shifted all its focus to development for 2022), Sajnz did a great job and surpassed his club colleague above all. After two pole positions in a row, Leclerc really struggled with the front end of the car and at the end of the qualification, he was seventh. In the sandwich between the two Ferraris, Gasley was placed in an Alpha Tauri, which really shows that Gasley is a driver who should constantly be counted among the points winners. He proved that with the podium in the last race, and in Alfa Tauri they are very satisfied with Gasli, while on the other hand Cunoda does extra work for them from race to race. The young driver made a mistake this time as well, at the very start of the qualifications, which were interrupted due to his accident.
Both McLaren entered the top 10, and Norris again beats Richard, who will start from 10th place. Between the two McLaren, Alonso positioned himself in Alpina, while his club colleague, Esteban Okon, who extended his contract with the team for another three years, set the 11th time. Alpina has brought significant improvements to France and a good result is expected in the home race for this team. Disappointing are the times of Aston Martin, Vettel will start as the 12th while Strol had bad luck in terms of canceling the time in Q1, and again did not manage to score due to the accident of Mick Schumacher who at that time had a pass in Q2 at only 22s until the end Q1 works. This is also the first placement in Q2 for Schumacher in F1. We should also mention Russell, who passed in Q2, but also Latifi, who took 16th place and left Kimi Raikkonen behind in Alfa.
The race for the French GP starts tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Qualifying results for the French GP:
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||Honda||1’29.990|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||Honda||1’30.445||0.455|
|5||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||Ferrari||1’30.840||0.850|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||Mercedes||1’31.767||1.777|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||1’31.813||1.823|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari||1’33.354||3.364|
|19||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||Mercedes||2’12.584||42.594|
Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.
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