Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Paul Ricard, 2021

2021 French Grand Prix grid

2021 French Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen leads the provisional grid for the 2021 French Grand Prix.

Row 11. Max Verstappen 1’29.990
Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’30.248
Mercedes
Row 23. Valtteri Bottas 1’30.376
Mercedes
4. Sergio Perez 1’30.445
Red Bull
Row 35. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’30.840
Ferrari
6. Pierre Gasly 1’30.868
AlphaTauri
Row 47. Charles Leclerc 1’30.987
Ferrari
8. Lando Norris 1’31.252
McLaren
Row 59. Fernando Alonso 1’31.340
Alpine
10. Daniel Ricciardo 1’31.382
McLaren
Row 611. Esteban Ocon 1’31.736
Alpine
12. Sebastian Vettel 1’31.767
Aston Martin
Row 713. Antonio Giovinazzi 1’31.813
Alfa Romeo
14. George Russell 1’32.065
Williams
Row 815. Mick Schumacher No time
Haas
16. Nicholas Latifi 1’33.062
Williams
Row 917. Kimi Raikkonen 1’33.354
Alfa Romeo
18. Nikita Mazepin 1’33.554
Haas
Row 1019. Lance Stroll 2’12.584
Aston Martin
20. Yuki Tsunoda No time
AlphaTauri

Yuki Tsunoda and Lance Stroll failed to set times within 107% of the quickest lap in Q1, but have been given permission to start as they set suitable lap times during practice

Yuki Tsunoda will start from the pit lane due to a floor specification change

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15 comments on “2021 French Grand Prix grid”

  1. Mclaren slow-ish again.
    I wonder, where are the people who called for Leclerc getting penalized in Monaco this time.

    1. @jerejj Is this regarding Schumacher? He’s almost definitely starting 20th or from the pitlane.

      1. @wsrgo Yes, but I was somewhat sarcastic.

      2. @wsrgo
        I hardly think so. Günther Steiner was fairly confident that there was no major damage to the rear, mainly the front left suspension.

  2. Martin Brundle: ‘George Russell obviously thinks he can get further up the grid with those soft tyres without risking actually getting into the top ten.’
    Get rid of that Q2 tyre rule now!

    Apart from that, it was an extremely entertaining qualifying session. Excellent laps from Verstappen, Sainz and Gasly in particular. Russell also deserves a mention for that fantastic lap in Q1 that he didn’t get to finish because of Schumacher’s crash.

    1. @f1frog Good News: They are!
      Bad News (for some): It’s on Sprint Qualifying weekends.

      (For the record, I’m neutral on Sprint Qualifying for now)

  3. So Max gets away with going wide says Martin so how is that fair??? 🤦‍♂️ FIA are a joke.

    1. The previous race was the worst instance of incompetence. And none of them resigned because of everything that happened at Baku…as of yet.

    2. A lot of drivers were going wide in Turn 2, which isn’t deemed a penalty corner

    3. His second lap was even faster, so problem there.

    4. @Pat Only T6 is under scrutiny lap time-wise.

    5. I believe they aren’t deleting lap times at T2 because the yellow kerbs on the outside make it self policing. According to the race director’s notes the only thing being policed at T2 is the rejoining in the race if the driver cuts the inside of the corner to the right of the yellow bollard on the apex

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this Q3. Excellent lap from Max but the rest of the top 4 were also pretty good. Hopefully, the race will be good.

  5. The good thing is, no flexiwing tales, no tire pressure fiction and completely legal pit gear.
    I know some that will miss all those fictional story’s.
    Just a great team, top designer (it looks if the rake increased BTW), top driver.
    Great stuff. And a happy lewis with his second place.
    Who would have expected that.

    1. I missed his reaction unfortunately, but remember baku, he was again happy with 2nd place, and I’d say he did a great job there with the possibly 3rd fastest car.

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