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Leclerc achieves pole assisted by Sainz at the French GP

The three days of free practice for the French GP had shown how even Ferrafri and Red Bull were, so the Cavallino turned to Sainz to slipstream a Charles Leclerc who in the first attempt, with that help, barely surpassed eight thousandths to Max Verstappen.

In the second, again with a masterfully executed slipstream from Sainz, the Ferrari Monegasque lowered his mark further, by three tenths, to take his seventh pole position of the year while Verstappen barely improved to finish 0.304s behind.

The engine change penalty that sends Carlos Sainz to the back of the grid for the race in France hurt more when seeing the performance of the Spaniard in qualifying. After getting through Q1 without any problems, he led Q2 with confidence, and in Q3, with no pole options due to the penalty, he started twice on used tires to help his teammate to pole position.

Kevin Magnussen, also penalized, reached Q3 but did not start, so Sainz will start penultimate and the Dane last.

Behind the two favorites for the title was Sergio Pérez, who took advantage of Sainz’s absence to be third, ahead of Lewis Hamilton who will accompany him in the second row.

Lando Norris managed, as the only McLaren in Q3, to squeeze in between the Mercedes by beating Russell , while Alonso, also as the only representative of Alpine in the final round (Ocon fell in Q2) finished eighth, and will share the fourth row of the grid with Yuki Tsunoda.

The track limits were ultimately not decisive, although they did cause Mick Schumacher to be eliminated in Q1 for overtaking them at turn 3, where he cuts through the inside (unlike most corners). We’ll see in the race…

F1 French GP 2022 Qualifying Results

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Cla Pilot laps Weather Difference Interval
1 MonacoCharles Leclerc 6 1’30.872    
2 NetherlandsMax Verstappen 6 1’31.176 0.304 0.304
3 Mexico Sergio Perez 6 1’31,335 0.463 0.159
4 United KingdomLewis Hamilton 6 1’31.765 0.893 0.430
5 United KingdomLando Norris 6 1’32.032 1.160 0.267
6 United KingdomGeorge Russell 6 1’32.131 1.259 0.099
7 SpainFernando Alonso 6 1’32.552 1.680 0.421
8 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 6 1’32.780 1.908 0.228
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 4
10 DenmarkKevin Magnussen 0      
George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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Esteban Ocon’s boots, Alpine F1 Team

Las botas de Esteban Ocon, Alpine F1 Team

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

3/46

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

4/46

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

5/46

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A decal is applied to the Ferrari

Se aplica una calcomanía al Ferrari

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Carlos SainzFerrari F1-75

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75

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Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, reflected in a firefighters helmet

Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, reflejado en un casco de bomberos

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

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Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36

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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

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Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

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Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522

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Aston Martin AMR22 front

Frente del Aston Martin AMR22

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George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22

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Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22

28/46

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Lando Norris, McLaren

Lando Norris, McLaren

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, reflected in a firefighter’s visor

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, reflejado en el visor de un bombero

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT03

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Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22

37/46

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Pérez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03

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Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42

Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo C42

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This was the Q1 of the classification of the French GP 2022 of F1

There was a certain calm at the start of the first qualifying round, and Pierre Gasly took advantage of it to be first for a few moments. However, when Leclerc came out he achieved the best time of the weekend on his first attempt, stopping the clock in an amazing 1:31.727 that left six tenths ahead of Pérez.

When Verstappen came out, he set a record in the second sector, but between the first and third he lost 0.164s to Leclerc. Shortly after, the Dutchman complained that the Mexican had gotten into his line, and Hamilton also found himself in traffic, which sent him to seventh position, behind Alonso (5th) and Bottas (6th).

There were less than six minutes remaining when Sainz completed his first lap, while the other penalized driver, Kevin Magnussen, was still in the pits. The man from Madrid was placed third, with no other goal than to beat the Dane.

At that time, in addition to the Dane from Haas, Guanyu Zhou, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi and a Sebastian Vettel who occupied the last position were virtually eliminated. There was still one try left, and almost everyone went out looking for a better lap. Traffic made things difficult, but Vettel posted his best time of the weekend to make the cut. Under braking at Turn 8, Alex Albon spun into the danger zone. In fact, he was eliminated before the advance of some of his rivals until Mick Schumacher had his time erased for exceeding the track limits and the young German fell to 19th position. In addition to Mick, Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Guanyu Zhou and Nicholas Latifi fell surprisingly in Q1.

F1 French GP 2022 Qualifying Q1 Results

Cla Pilot laps Weather Difference Interval
1 MonacoCharles Leclerc 5 1’31.727    
2 NetherlandsMax Verstappen 5 1’31.891 0.164 0.164
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 3 1’32,297 0.570 0.406
4 Mexico Sergio Perez 8 1’32.354 0.627 0.057
5 United KingdomLando Norris 3 1’32.672 0.945 0.318
6 DenmarkKevin Magnussen 3 1’32.756 1.029 0.084
7 SpainFernando Alonso 5 1’32.819 1.092 0.063
8 Finland Valtteri Bottas 7 1’33.034 1.307 0.215
9 United KingdomLewis Hamilton 5 1’33.041 1.314 0.007
10 United KingdomGeorge Russell 6 1’33.109 1.382 0.068
11 GermanySebastian Vettel 9 1’33.285 1.558 0.176
12 FranceEsteban Ocon 6 1’33.346 1.619 0.061
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 8 1’33.394 1.667 0.048
14 AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo 6 1’33.404 1.677 0.010
15 Thailand Alexander Albon 5 1’33.423 1.696 0.019
16 France Pierre Gasly 7 1’33,439 1,712 0.016
17 CanadaLance Stroll 9 1’33.439 1.712 0.000
18 China Guanyu Zhou 8 1’33.674 1.947 0.235
19 GermanyMick Schumacher 9 1’33.701 1.974 0.027
20 CanadaNicholas Latifi 6 1’33.794 2.067 0.093

This was the Q2 of the classification of the French GP 2022 of F1

While in Haa they spoke with the FIA asking for explanations for the elimination of their driver Mick Schumacher , Alex Albon wanted to get out on the track quickly at the beginning of FP2, like a Lewis Hamilton who was the first driver to set a time.

Leclerc was placed first for a few moments until Pérez, with new tires, put almost half a second on him. Almost instantly, Verstappen lowered the Mexican mark by 0.130, to take the lead.

Carlos Sainz made his best lap of the weekend, a 1:31.081 that put Verstappen by nine tenths and more than a second to the rest. With that, the man from Madrid returned to the box, ending his participation in this round of qualifying.

Vettel, Russell, Ocon, Albon and Tsunoda were in the elimination zone with two minutes to go when the second attempts began, involving everyone except Sainz and Verstappen.

Most improved, but Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas, Vettel and Albon did not improve enough to make the cut, and were eliminated in the second round.

F1 French GP 2022 Qualifying Q2 Results

Cla Pilot laps Weather Difference Interval
1 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 3 1’31,081
2 MonacoCharles Leclerc 6 1’31.216 0.135 0.135
3 NetherlandsMax Verstappen 3 1’31.990 0.909 0.774
4 Mexico Sergio Perez 6 1’32,120 1,039 0.130
5 United KingdomLewis Hamilton 8 1’32.274 1.193 0.154
6 SpainFernando Alonso 6 1’32.631 1.550 0.357
7 United KingdomGeorge Russell 8 1’32.633 1.552 0.002
8 DenmarkKevin Magnussen 6 1’32.649 1.568 0.016
9 United KingdomLando Norris 5 1’32.777 1.696 0.128
Ten Japan Yuki Tsunoda 6 1’32.836 1.755 0.059
11 AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo 6 1’32.922 1.841 0.086
12 FranceEsteban Ocon 6 1’33.048 1.967 0.126
13 Finland Valtteri Bottas 6 1’33.052 1.971 0.004
14 GermanySebastian Vettel 6 1’33.276 2.195 0.224
15 Thailand Alexander Albon 6 1’33.307 2.226 0.031

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