French Grand Prix Qualifying results: Verstappen on pole for French GP

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French Grand Prix Qualifying: Max Verstappen took pole position for Red Bull Racing on Saturday at Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix, the seventh round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Verstappen will start ahead of the Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after an hour-long qualifying session, which is divided into three sections with five cars in Q1 and Q2 before a top-10 shootout in Q3.

French Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen on pole from Hamilton

ClaDriverChassisTimeGap
1 Max VerstappenRed Bull1’29.990 
2 Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’30.2480.258
3 Valtteri BottasMercedes1’30.3760.386
4 Sergio PerezRed Bull1’30.4450.455
5 Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1’30.8400.850
6 Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1’30.8680.878
7 Charles LeclercFerrari1’30.9870.997
8 Lando NorrisMcLaren1’31.2521.262
9 Fernando AlonsoAlpine1’31.3401.350
10 Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1’31.3821.392
11 Esteban OconAlpine1’31.7361.746
12 Sebastian VettelAston Martin1’31.7671.777
13 Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1’31.8131.823
14 George RussellWilliams1’32.0652.075
15 Mick SchumacherHaas  
16 Nicholas LatifiWilliams1’33.0623.072
17 Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo1’33.3543.364
18 Nikita MazepinHaas1’33.5543.564
19 Lance StrollAston Martin2’12.58442.594
20 Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri  
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What happened in Q1?

Yuki Tsunoda swung his AlphaTauri at Turn 1 and glanced at the Tyrewall with his rear wing causing an early red flag. Tsunada was unable to engage first gear, after the car’s rear axle shook violently, and it crashed out of session moments after starting.

French Grand Prix Qualifying
French Grand Prix Qualifying

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When it resumed, Bottas set the starting pace at 1m31.669s, with Hamilton only 0.023s slower. Then Verstappen reset the bar to 1m31.001s – 0.668s faster than Merc Duo – with Sergio Pérez backing him in second, 0.559s at his teammate’s pace.

Hamilton held out for a second push lap, producing 1m31.237s to move up to second, but still 0.236s shy of Verstappen.

A second red flag in the closing minutes of the session, with Mick Schumacher crashing his Haas, meant Williams falling in the first hurdle was Nicolas Latifi (only 0.002s), Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Nikita Mazepin’s second Haas. . Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll (who lost one laptime to over track limit and another to a traffic hit), plus a Tsunada.

Schumacher finished 14th for the first time in Q2 but would not participate due to damage to both left corners of his car against Aramco.

French Grand Prix Q1 results: Verstappen fastest from Hamilton

ClaDriverChassisLapsTimeGapInterval
1 Max VerstappenRed Bull41’31.001  
2 Lewis HamiltonMercedes61’31.2370.2360.236
3 Sergio PerezRed Bull41’31.5600.5590.323
4 Valtteri BottasMercedes41’31.6690.6680.109
5 Lando NorrisMcLaren61’31.7330.7320.064
6 Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri81’31.8980.8970.165
7 Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari71’32.0791.0780.181
8 Sebastian VettelAston Martin61’32.1321.1310.053
9 Esteban OconAlpine41’32.1391.1380.007
10 Fernando AlonsoAlpine51’32.1581.1570.019
11 Daniel RicciardoMcLaren71’32.1811.1800.023
12 Charles LeclercFerrari81’32.2091.2080.028
13 Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo71’32.7221.7210.513
14 Mick SchumacherHaas71’32.9421.9410.220
15 George RussellWilliams71’33.0602.0590.118
16 Nicholas LatifiWilliams71’33.0622.0610.002
17 Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo71’33.3542.3530.292
18 Nikita MazepinHaas71’33.5542.5530.200
19 Lance StrollAston Martin72’12.58441.58339.030
20 Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri2   
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What happened in Q2?

In Q2 the vast majority of the field went out on medium tyres, to avoid starting on the softs if they qualified for the top-10 shootout.

Perez set the benchmark at 1m30.971s, a tenth faster than Verstappen. Hamilton then jumped to the top on his second push lap, which was 1m30.959s – 0.012s faster than Perez.

Bottas went fastest on his second medium-tire run, his 1m30.735s being 0.053s faster than Hamilton’s 1m30.788s.

French Grand Prix Qualifying results
French Grand Prix Qualifying results

Knocked out at this point were Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), George Russell (Williams) and Schumacher.

French Grand Prix Q2 results: Bottas fastest from Hamilton

ClaDriverChassisLapsTimeGapInterval
1 Valtteri BottasMercedes101’30.735  
2 Lewis HamiltonMercedes141’30.7880.0530.053
3 Sergio PerezRed Bull101’30.9710.2360.183
4 Max VerstappenRed Bull101’31.0800.3450.109
5 Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari131’31.1460.4110.066
6 Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri161’31.3530.6180.207
7 Lando NorrisMcLaren121’31.5420.8070.189
8 Fernando AlonsoAlpine111’31.5490.8140.007
9 Charles LeclercFerrari141’31.5670.8320.018
10 Daniel RicciardoMcLaren151’31.6150.8800.048
11 Esteban OconAlpine101’31.7361.0010.121
12 Sebastian VettelAston Martin121’31.7671.0320.031
13 Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo131’31.8131.0780.046
14 George RussellWilliams131’32.0651.3300.252
15 Mick SchumacherHaas7   
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What happened in Q3?

In the top-10 shootout, Verstappen set the pace in 1m30.325s after the first run, 0.386 seconds ahead of Hamilton, followed by Perez and Bottas. Carlos Sainz was the best of the rest for Ferrari.

On the second run, Verstappen reduced the P1 time to 1m29.990s. Hamilton’s best effort was 1m30.248s, down 0.258s. Bottas took third from Perez, while Sainz again led the rest.

Pierre Gasly lost his first laptime to exceed the track limit at Turn 6, but ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Lando Norris (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), to AlphaTauri. Jumped back to sixth place.

French Grand Prix Q3 results: Verstappen takes pole

ClaDriverChassisLapsTimeGapInterval
1 Max VerstappenRed Bull161’29.990  
2 Lewis HamiltonMercedes201’30.2480.2580.258
3 Valtteri BottasMercedes161’30.3760.3860.128
4 Sergio PerezRed Bull161’30.4450.4550.069
5 Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari191’30.8400.8500.395
6 Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri221’30.8680.8780.028
7 Charles LeclercFerrari201’30.9870.9970.119
8 Lando NorrisMcLaren181’31.2521.2620.265
9 Fernando AlonsoAlpine171’31.3401.3500.088
10 Daniel RicciardoMcLaren211’31.3821.3920.042
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