Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc. Photo: F1/Twitter

French Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc takes pole as Ferrari fight back

Charles Leclerc got a teammate assisted pole position for Sunday’s French Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc. Photo: F1/Twitter

Charles Leclerc got a teammate assisted pole position for Sunday’s French Grand Prix.

Championship leader Max Verstappen finished second in Q1 behind Leclerc, while Carlos Sainz, who will start at the rear due to engine penalties, was fastest in Q2 with an impressive performance.

With Sainz unable to do anything to improve is own lot, he gave Leclerc a pair of tows in Q3 which helped him take pole position.

For McLaren, Lando Norris was able to split the Mercedes in P5 while moving George Russell to P6.

Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc claims pole in Franxce. Photo: F1/Twitter

With Alpine and McLaren tied on points heading into the French GP, Fernando Alonso starts seventh, just behind Lando Norris, and Yuki Tsunoda qualified eighth.

Sainz gave up his Q3 to win P9 for Ferrari, but Kevin Magnussen, who qualified for Q3 but didn’t participate in the session, will start at the back due to engine penalties.

Esteban Ocon qualified P12 on the road for Alpine at home, while Daniel Ricciardo qualified P11 and missed Q3 by less than a tenth of a second. In qualifying, Valtteri Bottas placed 13th, placing Alex Albon of Williams in 15th and Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin in 14th.

Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll (16th and 17th, respectively) missed out on Q2 by 0.06s, while oversteer for Zhou Guanyu saw him finish 18th for Alfa Romeo. Mick Schumacher’s brief encroachment of track limits dropped him down to 19th and out of Q1, while Nicholas Latifi was 20th.

With penalties for Sainz and Magnussen, of course, those eliminated in Q2 and Q3 will see a bump up the grid for Sunday’s race.

By 0.06 seconds, Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll (16th and 17th, respectively) failed to qualify for Q2, while Zhou Guanyu’s oversteer caused him to place 18th for Alfa Romeo. Nicholas Latifi finished in 20th, while Mick Schumacher slipped to 19th after briefly exceeding track restrictions.

Naturally, those who were eliminated in Q2 and Q3 will move up the grid for Sunday’s race due to penalties for Sainz and Magnussen.

French Grand Prix qualifying results

116Charles LeclercFERRARI1:31.7271:31.2161:30.87217
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT1:31.8911:31.9901:31.17614
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT1:32.3541:32.1201:31.33520
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:33.0411:32.2741:31.76519
54Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:32.6721:32.7771:32.03214
663George RussellMERCEDES1:33.1091:32.6331:32.13120
714Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT1:32.8191:32.6311:32.55217
822Yuki TsunodaALPHA TAURI RBPT1:33.3941:32.8361:32.78020
955Carlos SainzFERRARI1:32.2971:31.081DNF10
1020Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:32.7561:32.6499
113Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES1:33.4041:32.92212
1231Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:33.3461:33.04812
1377Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:33.0341:33.05213
145Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:33.2851:33.27615
1523Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:33.4231:33.30711
1610Pierre GaslyALPHA TAURI RBPT1:33.4397
1824Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:33.6748
1947Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI1:33.7019
206Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:33.7946

Q1 107% time – 1:38.148

Note – Sainz and Magnussen required to start race from the back of the grid for use of additional power unit elements. Schumacher’s fastest Q1 time of 1:33.114 was deleted for a track limits infringement.