RECAP: Max Verstappen takes pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the French Grand Prix qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton was beaten by Max Verstappen in the race for pole position at the French Grand Prix 2021 qualifying on Saturday.
Mercedes will have to beat Red Bull pole-sitter Max Verstappen to complete a hat-trick of French Grand Prix victories, as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas failed to qualify for the race on Saturday. The title leader was 0.258 seconds faster on his way to securing only his second pole position of the 2021 Formula One season.
While Bottas led a Mercedes one-two in FP1, Verstappen fought back to win FP2 and FP3, the latter by 0.747 seconds.
In qualifying, the Dutchman, who leads the Drivers’ Championship by four points, was too quick for Hamilton, Bottas, and the Silver Arrows, finishing first.
Sergio Perez of Red Bull will start fourth, completing a front row and second row that could make for an entertaining start to Sunday’s race at Le Castellet.
Carlos Sainz of Ferrari starts fifth, followed by Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri in sixth and Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc in seventh.
Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren are sandwiched between Fernando Alonso of Alpine.
Below are live updates from the French Grand Prix qualifying, and you can get a review of the action as it transpired.
17) Kimi Raikkonen 16) Nicholas Latifi Nikita Mazepin, Lance Stroll, Yuki Tsunoda, Nikita Mazepin, Nikita Mazepin, Nikita Mazepin, Nikita Mazepin, Nikita Maze
Drama! Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri spins out at Turn One and uses his back end to find the barriers, bringing out the red flags just six minutes into the session. He’ll begin with P20.
Then, with only 22 seconds remaining, another red flag appears, this time for Haas’ Mick Schumacher driving off at Turn Six. He qualifies for Q2 for the first time in his Formula One career, but will not compete, leaving only 14 drivers in the race.
Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin failed to post a lap time while on an out lap when the red flag came out for the second time, and the Canadian finished 19th.
“Oh, my God. “This isn’t our day,” he declares.
Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo and Nicholas Latifi of Williams are also caught off guard. George Russell, Latifi’s teammate, was on track for a top-10 lap until the session was called short just before he got there. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”