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French GP: Hamilton on Pole, LeClerc Impresses

French GP: Hamilton on Pole, LeClerc Impresses

French GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton bagged pole position in the 2018 French GP at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The defending champion led a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo in the other Red Bull rounded out the top 5 with Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari 6th.

One of the more astounding revelations was Alfa Romeo Sauber’s Charles LeClerc in 8th. He starts behind Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr and ahead of both Haas drivers. Speaking of the Haas drivers, Romain Grosjean brought out the red flag after he spun and hit the barriers in Q3. Fortunately, the clock stopped with 7 minutes left, giving everyone plenty of time to improve their lap times. Despite the shunt, Grosjean is still the highest-starting local driver for tomorrow’s race.

Missing out on the top 10 are Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly and Marcus Ericsson. Ocon and Hulkenberg were unlucky to just miss out on a Q3 position as the gap was less than a tenth.

Filling up the final grid positions were the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, the 2 Williams of Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley. In the case of Hartley, he had to change a few engine parts and will receive a penalty.

There was a minor scare for several drivers as the heavens opened slightly, but most of them survived. Here is how Twitter reacted t the French GP qualifying session.

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