Max Verstappen took his second pole of the season at the French Grand Prix in another exciting classification in this Formula 1 World Championship. The Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completed the second and third position in a good session for the Spanish: Carlos Sainz will start from fifth place and Fernando Alonso in ninth position .
The best Fernando Alonso is here. For the second time in a row in the season, the Asturian rider surpassed his teammate Esteban Ocon in a classification and will start this Sunday from a creditable ninth place. For his part, Carlos Sainz was also faster than his teammate Charles Leclerc in another great qualifying for the Madrid Ferrari driver.
VERSTAPPEN TAKES POLE!!
He goes even faster, and will line up ahead of the two Mercedes 🔥#FrenchGP 🇫🇷 #F1 pic.twitter.com/kTqKf3W2at
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 19, 2021
The French Grand Prix welcomed the seventh classification of the year in one of the most exciting weekends for Alpine . The results had been very encouraging in free practice for Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso , who several weeks ago had set the race at the Paul Ricard Circuit as the start of their particular World Championship comeback.
On the other hand, the omens were not so good at Ferrari, although Carlos Sainz had finished the last session of the free practice in a third position of great merit . As for the fight between Red Bull and Mercedes, the French Grand Prix was preparing to host the seventh battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton , who in Baku could not add. The Dutch driver was starting again as the favorite in another doubtful weekend for Toto Wolff’s men.
Two red flags in Q1
The classification of the Grand Prix of France began with a red flag, not to lose the custom of Azerbaijan and in general of the whole season. Yuki Tsunoda was the protagonist of the first, after going against the protections in his third accident in seven qualifications, this time in the second corner. For his part, Mick Schumacher’s crash with twenty seconds remaining in Q1 forced the second red flag and the end of the first session of the time trial.
Nicholas Lafiti , Kimi Raikkonen , Nikita Mazepin and two drivers who did not set time, Lance Stroll and Yuki Tsunoda , were the drivers who did not make the cut in Q1. The red flags, once again the main protagonists of a classification in this exciting and unpredictable Formula 1 World Championship.
Fernando Alonso once again surpasses Ocon
The classifications were the pending account of Fernando Alonso, who until the Azerbaijan Grand Prix had only surpassed Esteban Ocon in the first time in Bahrain. The improvement of the Asturian rider is already here and the trend has changed in Alpine: Alonso once again surpasses the Frenchman for the second time in a row , who missed the cut in the second session and will start this Sunday from 11th position.
As for the eliminated drivers, Sebastian Vettel , Antonio Giovinazzi , George Russell , Mick Schumacher , who did not run in Q2, accompanied Esteban Ocon in the elimination zone. Good news before the last session of the clock for the Spanish: Fernando Alonso confirmed his presence in the top ten and Carlos Sainz was in contention for pole position.
Good result for the Spanish
The classification of the French Grand Prix is being the umpteenth gift to the spectator of the Great Circus, who had been waiting for many years to vibrate with these tight times. The fight for pole promised to be exciting during the last session and it was. The goal for Fernando Alonso was to scratch a sixth or seventh place and Carlos Sainz , for his part, to finally have a quiet qualifying finish and sneak into the top positions.
Ultimately, Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton on a spectacular final lap and took pole position at the French Grand Prix. The Mercedes took second and third place, with Carlos Sainz in fifth place and Fernando Alonso in ninth .