Verstappen pips Hamilton for French Grand Prix pole | Racing News

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Components One championship chief Max Verstappen placed on a blinding show in Saturday’s qualifying to grab pole place for the French Grand Prix forward of title rival Lewis Hamilton.
The 23-year-old lapped the 5.8-kilometer lengthy Paul Ricard circuit in a single minute 29.990 seconds in his Red Bull, 0.258 seconds away from Mercedes’ Hamilton, who trails Verstappen by 4 factors within the general standings and can line up alongside him on the entrance row.
Valtteri Bottas within the different Mercedes was third whereas Sergio Perez, winner two weeks in the past in Baku, was fourth for Crimson Bull.
Verstappen’s Saturday show, which made him the one driver to lap beneath the one minute, 30 second mark, earned the Dutchman his second pole of the season and fifth of his profession.
It additionally ended Mercedes’ run of follow and qualifying dominance on the Paul Ricard monitor.
The reigning champions had led each follow and qualifying session for the 2 races the circuit has hosted since becoming a member of the calendar in 2018, with Hamilton successful each from pole.
However, it marked a welcome return to kind for Mercedes after two poor weekends in Monaco and Baku and early struggles at Paul Ricard this weekend.
Saturday’s qualifying session was interrupted by two crimson flags. Japanese rookie Yuki Tsunoda triggered the primary stoppage simply three minutes into the hour-long session when he misplaced management of his AlphaTauri on the first nook and ended up within the boundaries.
Mick Schumacher introduced the crimson flags out for a second time within the dying seconds of the opening section of qualifying, when the German spun off into the boundaries.
The 22-year-old Haas driver, who was 14th when he crashed, nonetheless progressed out of qualifying’s opening knockout section for the primary time in his profession, even when he could not participate within the the rest of the session.
He’ll line up a career-best fifteenth on Sunday.

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