Max Verstappen (Pink Bull) received the second pole of the season, Hamilton got here second, with Sainz in fifth place and Alonso in ninth. It might rain on sunday
June 19, 2021 (4:25 PM CET)
Pole place for Max Verstappen (Pink Bull)
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Max Verstappen took pole place on a circuit that was reserved for Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes, after scoring pole in 2018 and 2019. Hamilton certified inside 2 tenths of Verstappen, forward of teammate Valtteri Bottas. That is Verstappen’s second pole of the season – his fifth in F1 – after that achieved within the first spherical of the season, on the Bahrain GP. In fourth place, Verstappen’s teammate at Pink Bull, Checo Pérez, certified, adopted by Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) who will begin fifth on the French GP beginning grid. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) will do it from ninth place.
There’s a likelihood of rain for tomorrow Sunday in the course of the race, which is able to begin at 3pm (CET), and that’s one thing that Lewis Hamilton has. The Briton acknowledged that it had been “a really, very robust weekend mentally, not bodily.” The primary 10 will begin tomorrow with the medium compound, goal achieved.
Qualifying began with a better temperature than the one within the morning throughout FP3: 28 levels ambient and 44 levels on the asphalt. The drivers have been on delicate tires and with 14 minutes and 19 seconds left in Q1, the session got here to a halt with the Pink flag: Yuki Tsunoda misplaced management at Flip 1 and collided with the protecting fences with the rear of his Alpha Tauri; On the radio he complained about not having the ability to get into first gear and needed to park his automotive there. Within the pits there have been nonetheless the 2 Alpine drivers –Alonso and Ocon-, who had not began the race.
9 minutes later Q1 resumed, no driver had set a time and the 19 took to the monitor one after one other, losing no time. Some drivers, like the 2 from Haas, Williams and Aston Martin, needed to match a brand new set of sentimental tires. It was then that Verstappen set the weekend’s lowest time thus far: 1’31 ”001. Behind half a second, his Pink Bull teammate, Checo Pérez, who preceded the 2 Mercedes drivers. Gasly 5th, with Alonso ninth and Sainz 11th. Hamilton improved on the following lap and moved as much as second, 5 tenths behind Verstappen. Behind, Sainz climbed to seventh and Alonso misplaced a spot (10th). Over the last Three minutes, solely those that occupied the primary 5 positions remained of their garages – Verstappen, Hamilton, Pérez, Bottas and Norris -, the remainder took to the monitor.
When there have been solely 22 seconds left, Mick schumacher crashed his Haas into the limitations popping out of Flip 6, inflicting a second crimson flag. Sainz was seventh and Alonso 10th, whereas Latifi, Raikkonen, Mazepin and Stroll remained out of the Q2 dispute.
Within the Q2, 13 of the 14 riders have been on the medium tire when hitting the monitor, solely Russell had the delicate ones. Pérez set the perfect time and then Hamilton improved it, who dropped to 1’30 ”959. Behind the Mercedes driver: Pérez, Verstappen, Sainz 4th and Alonso eighth.
That they had one other try to enhance in Q2, and all of them took to the monitor once more to safe their entry into Q3. Of all of them, solely three rode the delicate tire: Pérez, Ricciardo and Giovinazzi. Bottas set the perfect time (1’30 ”735), adopted by Hamilton, Pérez, Verstappen, Sainz 5th, Gasly Norris, Alonso eighth, Leclerc and Ricciardo. Exterior they stayed: Ocon, Vettel, Giovinazzi and Russell.
The inexperienced site visitors mild was lit to contest the Q3 and many of the drivers rode the delicate tire. Solely Alonso and Ricciardo have been within the center. Verstappen managed to go all the way down to 1’30 ”325, adopted by Hamilton, Pérez, Bottas, Sainz was 5th, Norris, Alonso seventh …
It was time for the final try and see the order of the highest ten on the grid. All 10 riders have been on delicate tires, no person needed to threat it. Verstappen then set the bottom time: 1’29 ”990, which gave him pole place. Hamilton certified second at 2 tenths, forward of his teammate Bottas, Pérez, Sainz was 5th and Alonso ninth.
In Mercedes Hamilton he was 2nd and Bottas third
The race will begin on Sunday at 3pm (CET).
Max Verstappen Pink Bull 1’29.990 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’30.248 0.258 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’30.376 0.386 Sergio Pérez Pink Bull 1’30.445 0.455
Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1’30.840 0.850Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1’30.868 0.878 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’30.987 0.997 Lando Norris McLaren 1’31.252 1.262
Fernando Alonso Alpine 1’31.340 1.350Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1’31.382 1.392 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1’31.736 1.746 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1’31.767 1.777 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1’31.813 1.823 George Russell Williams 1’32.065 2.075 Mick Schumacher Haas Nicholas Latifi Williams 1’33.062 3.072 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1’33.354 3.364 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1’33.554 3.564 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 2’12.584 42.594 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri