CHARLES LEADS THE RED BULL PAIR IN QUALIFYING!!

We arrive at the Paul Ricard circuit in France for the 12th race of the season, as the competition gets intense and tough. With the estimated glorious sunshine and scorching heat at the circuit, it would be an interesting affair as we head to the race on Sunday.

Charles defeated the Red Bull pair with the help of a slipstream provided by his teammate Sainz to claim his first pole position at the Paul Ricard circuit, with Max and Perez finishing P2 and P3, respectively. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton finished the session and will start the race alongside Perez in the 2nd row at P4.

Saturday came with another beautiful hour of enthralling qualifying sessions. Let’s take a look at what unfolded in the qualifying session at Paul Ricard.

Q1

We saw Mercedes struggling at the start as they were out of pace for large parts of the first session. The aero package and downforce wing didn’t help a lot to close the gap at the top.

Ferrari and Red Bull enjoyed a normal and easy Q1 after bagging the banker lap early, and staying in the pit lane for the last part .

The Williams man, Alex Albon, went through a huge front tyre lock-out, leading to a spin and disturbing all those behind on their hot laps.

It was a disappointing qualifying for Pierre Gasly as he was relegated in Q1 in his home race this weekend.

Mick Schumacher was devastated as his last lap time was deleted for exceeding the track limits at turn 3. Meanwhile, his teammate Kevin Magnussen surprised everyone with his one and only banker lap of the session.

We lost Nicholas Latifi, Mick Schumacher, Zhou Guanyu, Lance Stroll, and Pierre Gasly in Q1 as the session ended.

Q2

Carlos Sainz, with a very fast lap in the session, setting the benchmark for Q3, shocked everyone in the pit lane with Max 9 tenths down on the Spaniard in Q2, which came out as untouchable for Red Bull.

Mercedes, hoping to improve in this session, was again so slow that it took them another set of brand new soft compound tyres to get out of Q2.

Again, the Ferrari was solid as we saw Sainz and Charles as 1 and 2 and Red Bull with Perez and Max being 3 and 4.

Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen were on fire, both producing some solid Baker laps in the mid-part of the session, depicting good race pace for Sunday.

Daniel Riccardo’s woes continued as he was out in Q2 and, with his seat rumoured to be in jeopardy, has only qualified once in six races to Q3 this season.

So, another beautiful session ended as we lost Alex Albon, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Ocon, and Daniel Riccardo in Q2.

Q3

Charles Leclerc bagged his first pole position at Le Castellet with the help of a slipstream provided by his teammate Carlos Sainz. Charles, with a benchmark lap of 1:30:872, was the fastest, with Max 3 tenths down on the Ferrari talisman.

Sergio Perez was delighted with his P3 after going through the most difficult practice session so far of the season. Lewis Hamilton, with a banker lap, will start the race alongside Perez in P4.

With massive updates to his car this weekend, Lando Norris takes P5, separating the Mercedes drivers, with George Russell alongside him in P6.

Fernando Alonso had another brilliant week, finishing P7. Alongside him, Yuki Tsunoda, the dark horse, went unnoticed at P8.

After taking new components for the car, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen will start at the back of the grid on Sunday and complete the list of 10 drivers who qualified for Q3.

A FEW THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR ON SUNDAY

After an enthralling Saturday, it is now time for an engrossing Sunday. Another Charles and Max battle, with Perez and Hamilton fighting behind them for the win. Great battles and a great grid for the French GP.

Ferrari executed their tactics in an immaculate manner and was on point. They will hope for the same on Sunday as they fight the pair of Red Bull drivers on Sunday. Adulation from fans after qualifying on Saturday, it seems no team is emerging as a clear front runner as the Ferrari good in the low-speed corners and Red Bull’s mighty straight line pace with Mercedes in the hunt, it would set up the grid for another compelling race of the season which sets things up nicely.

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