Charles Leclerc takes pole position ahead of Max Verstappen

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari hit hard during the qualifying session for the F1 French Grand Prix, this Saturday, July 23, 2022. The Monegasque, who got to know the layout of the Paul Ricard circuit in his youth, brought out the best of Max’s two Red Bulls. Verstappen and Sergio Perez. The latter was able to take advantage of great help from his colleague, Carlos Sainz.

A good stroke of strategy signed Ferrari

The Spanish driver, penalized even before the start of the race for an engine change, was sure to start from the bottom of the grid. A situation that allowed Ferrari to launch a well-rehearsed strategy at the time of Q3. The Spaniard acted as a “hare” for Leclerc so that he could make the most of the suction offered by Sainz’s single-seater.

“I got help from Carlos, it was a wonderful team work, he warmly thanked the polem at the end of the session. Red Bull would have been much closer without this help. After Q1, I was quite surprised by the pace we had. » Beyond the strategy, the rhythm permeated by the Scuderia he didn’t allow the Red Bulls to really believe it.

Gasly and Ocon fighting

“At Ferrari they are very fast again”, stressed Max Verstappen, the reigning world champion, who will start second. An opinion shared by his colleague, Sergio Pérez, third in the classification: “Today they were very strong. » As often happens in the classification. Now it’s up to the drivers of the Italian team to transform the test, this Sunday, during the Grand Prix. On the tricolor side, it was more complicated than expected. While Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) hoped to finally fight for Q3, he was eliminated in Q1, hampered by Albon and a yellow flag during his second fast lap. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) did a little better, advancing to Q2.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

5:35 p.m

The starting grid for the French Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was the best in qualifying for the F1 French Grand Prix, this Saturday, July 23, 2022. Discover the complete starting grid for the race this Sunday, July 24. Note that drivers Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas) have been penalized for engine changes and will start from the bottom of the grid.

5:27 p.m

Relive Charles Leclerc’s pole position in video

Monaco’s Charles Leclerc set an excellent time in qualifying for the French Grand Prix on Saturday and took pole position, thanks to the help of his Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

5:10 p.m

The top 10 of the French Grand Prix

1.Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

5. Lando Norris (McLaren)

6. George Russell (Mercedes)

7. Fernando Alonso (Alpín)

8. Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)

9. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

10. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

5:08 p.m

Sergio Perez (Red Bull):

I was nowhere all weekend, the hardest I’ve had so far. I’m glad I found some rhythm today. I will try to fight the cars in front. The Ferraris were solid today.

5:08 p.m

Max Verstappen (Red Bull):

It was more complicated than I expected. We have a pretty decent car to race with. We are very quick in the straights, so we will take advantage of that tomorrow. They are very fast again in Ferrari.

5:06 p.m

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari, poleman):

We suffered all weekend. I got help from Carlos, it was a wonderful teamwork. Red Bull would have been much closer without this help. After Q1, I was quite surprised by the pace we had.

5:04 p.m

Very nice photo of Ferrari!

What help did Carlos Sainz Jr provide for Charles Leclerc to take pole position. The Monegasque driver set a crazy time to get this pole position ahead of Max Verstappen.

5:01 p.m

THE POLO FOR CHARLES LECLERC!

4:59 p.m

last lap

Now everything is in pole position!

4:56 p.m

Top 5 right now

1. Leclerc (Ferrari)

2. Verstappen (Red Bull)

3. Perez (Red Bull)

4. Russell (Mercedes)

5. Hamilton (Mercedes)

4:55 p.m

Leclerc is having a great time!

The strategy of Scuderia worked: the Monegasque is ahead of Max Verstappen and Red Bull in the early stages. Leclerc turns in 1’31’209, eight thousandths ahead of the Dutchman. Pérez, another Red Bull driver, set the third fastest time.

Photo: AFP

4:51 p.m

The Ferraris unite

Carlos Sainz Jr has left in front of Charles Leclerc so that the Monegasque can take advantage of the aspiration of the first named.

4:43 p.m

❌​ Drivers eliminated in Q2

11. Ricciardo (McLaren)

12. Ocon (alpine)

13. Boots (Alfa Romeo)

14. Vettel (Aston Martin)

15. Albon (Williams)

4:42 p.m

Oh, it’s hard for Ocon!

The Frenchman is eliminated at the gates of Q3, narrowly eliminated by Kevin Magnussen (Haas).

4:40 p.m

Very good last sector of Ocon!

The French rider of the Alpine team puts in a superb lap to undoubtedly qualify for Q3. You have to wait for Magnussen’s time, which is also underway.

4:36 p.m

Amazing Sainz tower

Ferrari’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr had an incredible lap! On the Paul Ricard track, Sainz achieved the best time of this Q2 and allowed himself to catch nine tenths from Max Verstappen, finishing his lap in 1’31”081.

Photo: EPA/MAXPPP

4:34 p.m

❌​ Pilots currently in the elimination zone

11. Vettel (Aston Martin)

12. Russell (Mercedes)

13. Ocon (alpine)

14. Albon (Williams)

15. Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)

4:32 p.m

Pérez and Verstappen ahead of Leclerc

The Red Bulls take the top spots in this Q2. Verstappen finishes in 1’31”990, his teammate is 0’130 and Leclerc 0’597.

Photo: AFP

4:28 p.m

Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), eliminated in Q1, on the Canal + microphone:

We don’t necessarily have an answer. On the last lap, I lost the car at turn 6. It’s much more complicated since this morning. We don’t really know why. Obviously I’m very disappointed. Tomorrow we will have to try to climb. We go very far. This was not the desired rating.

4:26 p.m

Let’s go to Q2

Single-seaters continue with Q2.

4:24 p.m

❌ Drivers eliminated from Q1

16. Gasly (Alpha Tauri)

17. Ride (Aston Martin)

18. Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

19. Schumacher (Haas)

20. Latifi (Williams)

4:20 p.m

Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) eliminated!

A terrible blow for the Frenchman who is 16th after the bad weather of Kevin Magnussen (Haas). Big disappointment for the Norman who was hoping to fight for Q3, as he was confident before the session.

Photo: AFP

4:17 p.m

The times in the different sectors

Charles Leclerc has set the best time in this Q1. Here is the breakdown of times for the three sectors of the circuit.

4:16 p.m

End of Q1 soon

There are 2 minutes 30 to the end of Q1. Logically, all drivers currently in the Q1 elimination zone are on their starting lap.

4:14 p.m

❌​ Pilots currently in the elimination zone

16. Gasly (Alpha Tauri)

17. Ride (Aston Martin)

18. Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

19. Schumacher (Haas)

20. Latifi (Williams)

4:13 p.m

Carlos Sainz sets the 3rd fastest time

The other Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz, set the third fastest time in this Q1. He is five tenths behind Leclerc.

4:09 p.m

The two Red Bulls behind Leclerc’s Ferrari

Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez do not drop the time of Charles Leclerc. The Dutchman finished 0’164 behind the Monegasque and the Mexican just over six tenths. They take second and third time.

Photo: AFP

4:06 p.m

Early times fall

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) finished in 1’31’727 and took the lead. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) finished 1’969 from Monegasque, behind his teammate Yuki Tsunoda, who was 1’745.

4:02 p.m

The French fans are there

There are two French drivers present at Le Castellet this weekend: Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine). The two Normans can count on the support of the public, present in numbers.

4:01 p.m

Let’s go to Q1

And here we are for the first qualifying session! Drivers have 18 minutes to try to qualify for Q2.

3:57 p.m

Details of the Paul Ricard circuit

Infographic: Olivier Bernard

3:48 p.m

Ferrari on the way?

After two victories in the last two Grand Prix, the Scuderia can he pass the three at the French Grand Prix? Here’s what we expect to see during the race. The classification session, which will start in ten minutes, will be able to give an answer.

3:45 p.m

Carlos Sainz Jr penalized

Unsurprisingly, driver Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) was sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) following several changes to his car, including its engine. The Spaniard will have to start from the bottom of the grid, just like Kevin Magnussen (Haas) who has also changed engines.

3:39 p.m

🏎️ Discover the Paul Ricard circuit in video

3:10 p.m

The W Series race, currently taking place in Le Castellet, is an opportunity to highlight diversity

Former driver of the W Series, the first automobile championship reserved for women, Naomi Schiff is today the ambassador of “diversity and inclusion”, to promote greater diversity and representativeness within motoring. This 28-year-old Rwandan-German has acquired legitimacy in a very male environment, by becoming an analyst for the British channel Sky Sport F1. So many ways to make your voice heard and the message you want to convey.

3:00 p.m

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This Saturday, July 23, 2022, the qualifying session for the French Grand Prix is ​​scheduled at 4 p.m. at the Paul-Ricard circuit in Le Castellet.

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