The union took pole this Saturday afternoon at Le Castellet. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), condemned to a start at the back of the grid for having changed several elements of his single-seater, served as a launching pad for Charles Leclerc in Q3.
Positioning himself ahead of his teammate at the end of the straight and in the Signes bend, he allowed the Monegasque to go under 1’31” during his last flying lap (1’30″872), three tenths ahead of Verstappen ( Red Bull). A small consolation for Sainz, who seemed on pace this week, setting the best time on Friday in FP2 and this Saturday in Q2. Leclerc takes his 16th career pole position, as much as Verstappen, and seventh this season , in twelve Grands Prix.
French people frustrated
Before this successful strategy of the Scuderia, the public of Le Castellet had experienced two disappointments. In Q1 first, which saw the premature exit of Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), yet author of promising free practice on Friday. The Frenchman, author of the 16th time, will start 14th following penalties from Sainz and Magnussen. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) took the door in Q2. Disappointed by the inconsistency of his single-seater, much more efficient at the Austrian GP, he will start in 10th position.
To make matters worse, the two Frenchmen will be placed at the start behind their teammates Yuki Tsunoda (8th) and Fernando Alonso (7th). Far ahead, Leclerc will set off in front of the Red Bulls and will aim for a second victory in a row after that acquired in Austria. Behind this trio will start another, 100% British, with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in the second row alongside Perez, ahead of Lando Norris (McLaren) and the other Silver Arrow of George Russell.