Leclerc towed to Pole for French GP

GP FRANCIA F1/2022 - VENERDI’ 22/07/2022 credit: @Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

If you’ve been waiting since 1990 to see a Ferrari on pole at the French GP at Paul Ricard, then you’re a happy fan because that’s exactly what Charles Leclerc did on Saturday with a little help from his teammate Carlos Sainz.

Carlos, who will start at the back of the grid on Sunday due to engine change penalty, assisted Charles by giving him a tow on the last run in Q3. This allowed Charles to take pole position ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull with Max’s teammate, Sergio Perez, in third.

The grid looks like a good battle with Lewis Hamilton leading his fellow Brits, Lando Norris and George Russell, in 4th, 5th and 6h respectively. Any one of those drivers will be waiting for the slightest hint of trouble ahead of them to nab a podium position.

French GP Qualifying Results:

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Charles LeclercFerrari1m31.727s1m31.216s1m30.872s
2Max VerstappenRed Bull1m31.891s1m31.99s1m31.176s
3Sergio PérezRed Bull1m32.354s1m32.12s1m31.335s
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m33.041s1m32.274s1m31.765s
5Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m32.672s1m32.777s1m32.032s
6George RussellMercedes1m33.109s1m32.633s1m32.131s
7Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m32.819s1m32.631s1m32.552s
8Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m33.394s1m32.836s1m32.78s
9Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m32.297s1m31.081s
10Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m32.756s1m32.649s
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m33.404s1m32.922s
12Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m33.346s1m33.048s
13Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m33.034s1m33.052s
14Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m33.285s1m33.276s
15Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m33.423s1m33.307s
16Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m33.439s
17Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m33.439s
18Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m33.674s
19Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m33.701s
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m33.794s
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Fred

Bummer for Schumacher and with Magnussen’s penalty a bummer for Haas. I’m hoping they stay cool and get thru the start and move up maybe getting some points.

Fred

Well that hope went away with too early a pit stop and a safety car.