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Formula 1: Ferrari plays with the slipstream

After his victory at the Austrian GP, ​​Charles Leclerc also took pole position in France. The Ferrari star benefits from the strong teamwork with his colleague Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard has to start from the back on Sunday anyway after changing the drive unit – so he gave the Monegasque the valuable slipstream twice in qualifying for the race in Le Castellet.

Result: Leclerc’s seventh pole position of the year and the 16th of his career. “Thanks to Carlos, that was great teamwork,” said the Monegasque happily. “Without him it would have been much closer today.”

Red Bull World Champion Max Verstappen will start from second place, 0.3 seconds behind his team-mate Sergio Perez. “Qualifying is not our forte,” admits Verstappen. “Nevertheless, we have a good race car and are good on the straights. We should be able to use that.”

Charles Leclerc was unbeatable in qualifying.


Red Bull Motorsport Director Helmut Marko admits: “Ferrari organized a skilful slipstream game. That brought one and a half, two tenths. We rely on our race pace. It will be a tough and good match for the spectators.”
Mercedes manages with its update and Lewis Hamilton in fourth place ahead of McLaren driver Lando Norris. George Russell’s second Silver Arrow follows in sixth place ahead of Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri).

“We’ve gotten on track to some extent,” says Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, but he’s still not satisfied. “Our gap to the top is too big. Verstappen is six tenths ahead and that shouldn’t happen with an update. Now is the moment when you have to say: the package doesn’t work the way we want it to.”

Sebastian Vettel retires in the second part of qualifying in 14th place. Ricciardo, Ocon, Bottas and Albon also don’t make it into Q3.

Mick Schumacher’s fastest lap was canceled because he exceeded the track limit.


Mick Schumacher cannot continue his run after two points in a row in France. He misses the entry into the second qualifying lap because his fastest lap is canceled. Reason: Schumi junior took a shortcut in turn three. He ends up in 19th place ahead of Nicholas Latifi and no longer understands the world.

Nico Rosberg protects the Haas pilot at Sky: “I don’t think Mick was aware that you also have to pay attention to the track limits inside. That’s why he was so surprised on the radio.” The pictures show: The German was very close with all four wheels off the track.

Strong times, on the other hand, from his teammate Kevin Magnussen: The Dane made it into the third qualifying segment, but like Carlos Sainz had to start from the back after a drive change.

French Grand Prix
qualifying

1. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari 1:30.872 mins
2. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +0.304s
3. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +0.463
4. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +0.893
5. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +1.160
6. George Russell (Great Britain) – Mercedes +1.259
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine +1,680
8. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +1.908
9. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) – Ferrari 1:32.297
10. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) – Haas 1:32.756
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren 1:32.922
12. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine 1:33.048
13. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 1:33.052
14. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 1:33.276
15. Alexander Albon (Thailand) – Williams 1:33.307
16. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri 1:33.439
17. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1:33.439
18. Zhou Guanyu (China) – Alfa Romeo 1:33.674
19. Mick Schumacher (Gland/Switzerland) – Haas 1:33.701
20. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams 1:33,794

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