Alexander Albon Starts P13 For the French GP
Thai-British driver Alexander Albon will start tomorrow’s French GP on P13. He showed some good pace during the practice session and has posted times in the top 10 on numerous occasions. Despite his starting position outside of the points, Albon will be happy to be able to race at his home circuit. Let’s take a look at some of his key points. First of all, Albon is pleased with his qualifying result.
Charles Leclerc takes pole position
Charles Leclerc takes pole position for the French Grand Prix. After out-qualifying teammate Max Verstappen, the Frenchman benefited from a tow from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. The Argentine now sits just 38 points behind the Dutchman, who leads the drivers’ championship by eight points. In the last race of the season, Mercedes struggled at Paul Ricard, but Leclerc’s strong performance has put his team on the right track to victory.
After Sebastian Vettel set the early time in Q3, Charles Leclerc beat Perez and took advantage of the tow from Carlos Sainz. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen settled for second place. The margin of victory was just 0.008 seconds, hinting at the superior Red Bull pace. Perez and Hamilton were third and fourth, but Sainz failed to clock a time. Ferrari chose to use tires from the used cars to keep their drivers fresh. That strategy worked, as Lec dominated the opening sector to take pole position.
Verstappen is in second
Max Verstappen has claimed pole position for the French Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton just 0.258s off the pole time. Mercedes have secured the top four positions at the Paul Ricard circuit with a clean sweep, while Ferrari will be hoping that Sebastian Vettel can make it to the start line in P5. Pierre Gasly, the home hero, will line up third and will be the main threat to the Mercedes.
The French GP is a huge race, and the teams are doing everything they can to prepare their cars for the French Grand Prix. The two drivers are battling for the championship, with Verstappen taking the lead in the second qualifying session. But Ferrari is a very strong team, and they know that. Verstappen is the king of the grid, and this means that the race is far from over.
Lewis Hamilton will start on the second row
The Mercedes driver will start on the second row of the French GP tomorrow. The eight-time Grand Prix winner missed out on the front row of the British GP after qualifying on the fifth row. Hamilton had hoped to challenge for pole position with his upgraded Mercedes, but Carlos Sainz secured his first F1 pole position ahead of Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, and George Russell.
Charles Leclerc qualified second on the grid for the French GP, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third. Max Verstappen is currently 38 points behind Verstappen, who won the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago. Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth last time, will start on the second row for Mercedes, aiming to get closer to the top two teams on race pace.
Red Bull trying to undercut Leclerc
The red bull team is looking to undercut Charles Leclerc in the French GP. The Belgian has a small gap on Leclerc but is close enough to threaten a fight. Leclerc pitted for new tires on Lap 14 and gained two positions before losing them on Lap 30. Let is wary of the performance of the Red Bull team and has no illusions that they will win this race.
Leclerc led the opening lap but was caught on lap 14 when Red Bull pitted the world champion. The undercut proved to be effective as Leclerc made his first stop after the first tour. Verstappen was just behind when Leclerc rejoined the race. The French GP proved to be a tough race and Leclerc was able to claim the win.
Kevin Magnussen qualifies for sixth place in the 2022 French Grand Prix
After qualifying sixth in the 2018 German Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen finished ninth, earning his first points of the year. In the following race, the Italian Grand Prix, Magnussen retired after a power unit malfunction, and in the Tuscan Grand Prix, he was involved in a multi-car accident. In his last five races, Magnussen has retired from two of them, as a result of mechanical failure and suspension damage.
After qualifying in the first session, Magnussen was less than 0.6s off Hamilton for fifth but felt he could have gained more positions in Q3. However, his main concern is finishing the race. In the final two qualifying sessions, he made only one run and stopped on track after the checkered flag. However, he is optimistic about his future. This is his best race finish since the 2015 German Grand Prix.