It has succeeded. Max Verstappen to start from pole position at the French Grand Prix being the only pilot capable of going down from 1:30. The Dutch Red Bull driver posted a 1: 29.990 that left the Mercedes unanswered. Effective blow to the World Cup in a classification that was expected to be in other directions.
With the new rear wings and the change in tire pressures, as well as Paul Ricard being a suitable circuit for Mercedes, it seemed like Lewis Hamilton had to make pole. But his best lap is two and a half tenths of Verstappen’s, so he will come second and having to risk.
Fernando Alonso was the only Alpine in Q3 and will start the race ninth
What’s more, the two Red Bulls and the two Mercedes will go into the race with the medium tireLike all those who have qualified for Q3, so strategically Verstappen will only have to defend himself from the Mercedes at one of the stops. The favorable thing remains for him, but he will still have to struggle.
In the squires’ fight, the one who has emerged victorious is Valtteri Bottas. The Finn has surpassed Sergio Pérez by just over half a tenthso he will start third, while the second Red Bull starts fourth. Another interesting battle because both cars can be used strategically by their teams.
Beyond the fight for victory, Carlos Sainz has completed what may be his best classification since he wears red. He has constantly beaten Charles Leclerc, but he has also certified him in Q3, something that had failed him until now. Sainz will start fifth, while the other Ferrari has been seventh.
Fernando Alonso also managed to get the Alpine in Q3, but he hasn’t gotten very far there, and he’ll be ninth. Still, good classification of the two-time world champion who beats an Esteban Ocon unable to overcome Q2. It was difficult for Alonso to be explosive with the softer rubber, but tomorrow he has a good chance to score points.
Great role of Pierre Gasly, the local hero who will come out sixthwhile the two McLarens were also in the decisive round of qualifying, but Lando Norris will start eighth and Daniel Ricciardo has only been tenth, even behind Alonso. The battle for points promises to be very close.
The classification had to be stopped up to two times by red flags. The first was caused by Yuki Tsunoda, who will start last despite the fact that the Alpha Tauri here works well. The other was from Mick Schumacher, who hit the wall but benefited from it, because it is the first time that a Haas passes Q1 this year.
Classification results Formula 1 GP France 2021
|1||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:31.001||1:31.080||1:29.990||16|
|4||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:31.560||1:30.971||1:30.445||16|
|6||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||1:31.898||1:31.353||1:30.868||22|
|8||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:31.733||1:31.542||1:31.252||18|
|9||14||Fernando Alonso||ALPINE RENAULT||1:32.158||1:31.549||1:31.340||17|
|10||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREN MERCEDES||1:32.181||1:31.615||1:31.382||21|
|11||31||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||1:32.139||1:31.736||10|
|12||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:32.132||1:31.767||12|
|13||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:32.722||1:31.813||13|
|14||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:33.060||1:32.065||13|
|15||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||1:32.942||7|
|16||6||Nicholas latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||1:33.062||7|
|17||7||Kimi Raikkonen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:33.354||7|
|18||9||Nikita mazepin||HAAS FERRARI||1:33.554||7|
|NC||18||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||2:12.584||7|
|RT||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA||2|
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