French Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc on pole ahead of Max Verstappen

Leclerc takes French GP pole ahead of Verstappen

Jul 23, 2022 by BBC News - Home

Key Facts

  • Ferrari took advantage of the fact that Sainz will start from the back of the grid because of a series of penalties for excessive engine usage to deploy him to assist Leclerc in the bid for pole.
  • It allowed Leclerc to be more than 0.2secs quicker through the middle sector - Ferrari's weakest part of the track - than on his previous lap, and the car's pace in the corners of the final sector stretched him further ahead.
  • Sainz looked as if he would have had a good shot at pole had he not had his penalty - he set the fastest time in second qualifying, with a lap just 0.2secs slower than Leclerc's ultimate pole time.
  • "I am really happy with where I got the car considering I missed P1 (to allow reserve driver Nick de Vries to have a run) and my last qualifying lap was a beautiful lap.

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