F1 French Grand Prix qualifying results: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas make history

F1 French Grand Prix qualifying results: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas make history

06/22/2019

Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s F1 French Grand Prix from the pole.

Mercedes locked out the front row of the grid for a record breaking 63rd time on Saturday, with Lewis Hamilton leading the way and teammate Valtteri Bottas completing the front row.

Previously tied with McLaren, Williams and Ferrari on 62 front row lockouts, Mercedes continued to lead the way with Lewis Hamilton turning the tables on Valtteri Bottas, the Finn having been fastest throughout free practice and the earlier parts of qualifying.

“It’s not an easy track,” said Hamilton. “Obviously, there’s quite a lot of run off areas, it’s quite technical and Valtteri’s been quick all weekend. I’ve just been chipping away and chipping away all weekend and my last two laps were the ones.

“The last one, I was up half a second but lost it in the second to last corner. I’m happy that I got the potential out of the car and the team did a great job.”

Setting the fastest times across the weekend, Bottas was hotly tipped to take pole but a scruffy final attempt meant that he couldn’t improve on his first Q3 attempt.

“I think Lewis had a really good lap at the end and it’s been super-close between us all weekend,” said Bottas. “It’s all been about fine details and hundredths of a second. In qualifying, the wind changed completely to the opposite direction and I think there was a couple of moments where my line didn’t work then, so I had to work them out.

“It’s been a really strong package that we have here this weekend and that’s obviously enjoyable. Hopefully that will be the same tomorrow but it’s a nice long run to turn one so hopefully I can do something there.”

Charles Leclerc put in a sold effort to qualify third as his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel suffered a rare off day, managing just seventh.

The surprise package of qualifying came in the form of McLaren. Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz locked out the third row to give McLaren their best Saturday effort of the season. With little to smile about for the team in recent years, this result continues a steady improvement in results across the season.

At least two drivers will start lower than they have qualified with Daniil Kvyat and George Russell both picking up engine penalties. Incidents involving Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo are being investigated and both are in danger of grid drop penalties should the stewards deem necessary.

Qualifying Results

Pos.

Driver

Constructor

Q1

Q2

Q3

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

1:30.609

1:29.520

1:28.319

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

1:30.550

1:29.437

1:28.605

3

Charles Leclerc

Scuderia Ferrari

1:30.647

1:29.699

1:28.965

4

Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

1:31.327

1:30.099

1:29.409

5

Lando Norris

McLaren F1 Team

1:30.989

1:30.019

1:29.418

6

Carlos Sainz

McLaren F1 Team

1:31.073

1:30.319

1:29.522

7

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

1:31.075

1:29.506

1:29.799

8

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault F1 Team

1:30.954

1:30.369

1:29.918

9

Pierre Gasly

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

1:31.152

1:30.421

1:30.184

10

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing

1:31.180

1:30.408

1:33.420

11

Alexander Albon

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

1:31.445

1:30.461

 

12

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing

1:30.972

1:30.533

 

13

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault F1 Team

1:30.865

1:30.544

 

14

Sergio Perez

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

1:30.964

1:30.738

 

15

Kevin Magnussen

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

1:31.166

1:31.440

 

16

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

1:31.564

 

 

17

Romain Grosjean

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

1:31.626

 

 

18

Lance Stroll

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

1:31.726

 

 

19

George Russell

ROKiT Williams Racing

1:32.789

 

 

20

Robert Kubica

ROKiT Williams Racing

1:33.205

 

 

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