Verstappen on pole for French GP

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LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 19, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202106190108 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen claimed pole position for the French Grand Prix on Saturday but the remaining questions is, does the Red Bull have the race pace over Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes?

Lewis and his teammate, Valtteri Bottas claimed second and third with Max’s teammate in 4th. Race pace will be a key but the teammate battles and how Mercedes and Red Bull run their strategy may be very intriguing on Sunday.

Carlos Sainz pulled a great qualifying lap out of his hap besting teammate Charles Leclerc and giving Ferrari the edge over their closest rival, McLaren. Pierre Gasly, once again, being a complete overachiever and dragging his Alpha Tauri up to 6th in a fantastic qualifying performance.

Qualifying Results:

PosNameCarQ1Q2Q3
1Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1m31.001s1m31.08s1m29.99s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m31.237s1m30.788s1m30.248s
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1m31.669s1m30.735s1m30.376s
4Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda1m31.56s1m30.971s1m30.445s
5Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m32.079s1m31.146s1m30.84s
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1m31.898s1m31.353s1m30.868s
7Charles LeclercFerrari1m32.209s1m31.567s1m30.987s
8Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m31.733s1m31.542s1m31.252s
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m32.158s1m31.549s1m31.34s
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m32.181s1m31.615s1m31.382s
11Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m32.139s1m31.736s
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m32.132s1m31.767s
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m32.722s1m31.813s
14George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1m33.06s1m32.065s
15Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m32.942s
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m33.062s
17Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m33.354s
18Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1m33.554s
19Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes
20Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda
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And from the ‘some things never change’ files, Yuki T gets warnings from race control,screams at his team, and ruins the session by spreading his car across it. The pay drivers are an order of magnitude better than this guy.