French Grand Prix qualifying results: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes pole

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen took pole during the qualifying session on Saturday at the French Grand Prix. He will share the front row with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas starts in the second row with the second Red Bull driver Sergio Perez.

At the moment, Verstappen is in the lead on the driver’s championship, ahead of Hamilton by four points.

Even though Hamilton has claimed pole in Le Castellet back in 2018 and 2019, Verstappen was able to beat the Brit due to his superior driving form.

Max Verstappen in France; Source:

What did Verstappen say?

The Dutchman is extra cautious to convert his pole victory to a Grand Prix win, especially after a blown-out tyre snatched his victory in Baku.

“So far it’s been a really positive weekend, on a track that is normally difficult for us. To get pole position was really nice,” he said.

“Great day for us but we have to finish it off tomorrow and get 25 points – which we lost in Baku. Great promise from our side.”

Hamilton is optimistic

Hamilton on the other hand is optimistic and is ready to give it all he has.

“We’ll keep pushing, keep fighting and giving it everything. Their long-run pace is a tenth or two quicker than us, but the car’s in a much different place now,” said the Brit.

“We’re going to fight for a chance into Turn One and there could be some interesting strategy tomorrow, and I think there could be some rain tomorrow, so a chance to see a rain master,” he concluded.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen; Source:

The top 10

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz came in fifth claiming the third row with AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly.

After that came Sainz’s teammate Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris for McLaren, Fernando Alonso for Alpine, and Daniel Ricciardo for McLaren which completes the top 10.

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