Pirelli Grand Prix de France, Qualifying:
By Harry Schofield:
Saturday Afternoon at Le Castellet, with temperatures above 27 degrees, the French Grand Prix Qualifying gets underway
Controversy already as Kimi Raikkonen has an off then rejoins the track in front of Romain Grosjean.
The stewards will investigate after the Qualifying session.
The key part that we are learning this afternoon is track evolution, constant green sectors and purple personal best as the track finally comes to the drivers.
Medium tyre seems to be the quickest tyre for the best lap time, but limited sets available for the race, remembering whatever tyre you set your best lap time in in Q2, you will use for the race, strategy so important, this weekend with high ambient and track temperatures.
The first causalities of Q1 which are eliminated:
Q2, Valterri Bottas took the top spot with Sebastian Vettel 0.069 behind him..
Lewis Hamilton coming in in 3rd position with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in 4th.
Q2 Eliminations :
Q3 and the magic/party modes will be in full operation on the Mercedes, Ferrari’s and Red Bull’s engines.
Lando Norris in Q3 with a good race pace and potentially a podium position on Sunday afternoon.
Lewis Hamilton claimed his 87th career Pole position for tomorrows Grand Prix with Valterri Bottas in second place.
Charles Leclerc had a fantastic 3rd position with a struggling Sebastian Vettel in a disappointing 7th with a suspected gearbox malfunction destroyed his flying lap.
More impressive Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz in 5th and 6th respectively in the McLaren’s.
Tomorrows race will see if Ferrari have the pace to beat Mercedes but with Lewis on such good form its hard to think beyond a Mercedes win.
Lewis with a fantastic lap record and Pole postion time of 1.28.319 will be hard to beat Sunday afternoon.
Pirelli Grand Prix de France, Qualifying Classification:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:28.319
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.286s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.646s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.090s
5 Lando Norris McLaren 1.099s
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.203s
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.480s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.599s
9 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.865s
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 5.101s
11 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:30.461
12 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:30.533
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:30.544
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:30.738
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:31.440
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:31.564 (Engine Penalty Will Start From Back Of Grid)
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:31.627
18 George Russell Williams 1:31.726
19 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:32.789 (Engine Penalty Will Start From Back Of Grid)
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:33.205
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