Charles Leclerc takes pole position for the French Grand Prix after pipping title rival Max Verstappen and Ferrari team-mates Sergio Perez in qualifying… with Lewis Hamilton starting fourth

Lewis Hamilton will start his 300th grand prix from a distant fourth on the grid as Charles Leclerc secured pole position in France. Leclerc improves in the first sector and Verstappen is down from his first lap!. Hamilton gets onto the second run but nearly nine tenths down on Leclerc. Leclerc is fastest in the first sector, Verstappen is quickest in the middle sector and it’s the Ferrari driver who sets pole after the first runs by just 0.008 seconds! Perez is third followed by Russell, Hamilton, Norris, Alonso and Tsunoda. Ferrari will hope Leclerc can find that speed to get pole over Verstappen. Mercedes have sent Hamilton and Russell out as they are not feeling very confident on a 1:33.0 and 1:33.1 and they are both back out. Leclerc fastest with a 1:31.7 – a massive six tenths quicker than Perez though Verstappen and the Mercedes drivers are yet to run.

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