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French Grand Prix Qualifying: All that went down at Le Castellet

Le Castellet with all its blue and red lines was worth the wait. After a momentous and wonderful free practice session, the circuit was all set for the French Grand Prix Qualifying. Charles Leclerc headed into the race to equal the number of poles as Max Verstappen has. And, he did it. Leclerc won his 16th pole. The Monegasque gave Tifosi a second gift after the shirtless bathtub picture earlier in the day.

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Quarter Three

Charles Leclerc set the fastest time in his flying lap securing himself out of the elimination. He finished in 1 minute and 31 seconds. Max Verstappen caught up soon enough with his steering flame. Sainz and Kevin Magnussen had to start the race from behind due to power unit penalties. Sainz quickly made it to the top positions. When there was just a minute back in the first quarter, Both the Haas was in the elimination zone. But when the minute ended, Both survived.

The joy was momentary in Haas as Mick had a penalty with deletion of lap time. Obviously, he slipped into the elimination. Similarly, Yuki Tsunoda was awarded a penalty. However, it did not affect him that badly. When the home racer Econ slid through, Gasly hit rock bottom by 0.016 seconds. The First Quarter was intensely heated as it approached the end.

  • 16th Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
  • 17th Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 18th Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  • 19th Mick Schumacher (Haas)
  • 20th Nicholas Latifi (Williams Racing)

Quarter Two

Fernando Alonso started the Second Quarter by coming out first. Lewis Hamilton set the first time at 1 minute 33 seconds. However, Lando Norris bested him very soon. As the race intensified, it did not take much time for the Dutch to take the lead. Similar to the first quarter, Sainz and Kevin had to start from behind. However, Sainz did a great lap to take the lead from Max Verstappen. The leads seem to tumble and twist in this quarter. The Mercedes’ were almost out of the race when the quarter ended but thankfully survived. The Honey Badger prayed for a track deletion but unfortunately, he was wrong.

  • 11th Daniel Ricciardo (Mclaren)
  • 12th Esteban Ocon (Alpine Renault)
  • 13th Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
  • 14th Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  • 15th Alex Albon (Williams Racing)

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Quarter One

Sainz and The Mercedes duo strategically started using used tires instead of a new ones. When all the drivers finished their initial laps in this quarter with the exclusion of Kevin and Sainz, Leclerc had the provisional pole. Verstappen and Perez trailing behind. The last quarter pumped many hearts into a mind maze. The final minutes were just unexplainably exciting. At a point, Leclerc was trailing behind. But with the strong help from his teammate, Leclerc had an exceptional French Grand Prix Qualifying.

  • 1st Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 2nd Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
  • 3rd Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing)
  • 4th Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 5th Lando Norris (McLaren)
  • 6th George Russell (Mercedes)
  • 7th Fernando Alonso (Alpine Renault)
  • 8th Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
  • 9th Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  • 10th Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

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