Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Paul Ricard, 2022

2022 French Grand Prix grid

2022 French Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc has taken pole position for the French Grand Prix for Ferrari ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

The FIA has confirmed the final starting grid for the race:

Row 11. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’30.872
Ferrari F1-75
2. (1) Max Verstappen 1’31.176
Red Bull RB18
Row 23. (11) Sergio Perez 1’31.335
Red Bull RB18
4. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’31.765
Mercedes W13
Row 35. (4) Lando Norris 1’32.032
McLaren-Mercedes MCL36
6. (63) George Russell 1’32.131
Mercedes W13
Row 47. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’32.552
Alpine-Renault A522
8. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’32.780
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03
Row 59. (3) Daniel Ricciardo 1’32.922
McLaren-Mercedes MCL36
10. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’33.048
Alpine-Renault A522
Row 611. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’33.052
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42
12. (5) Sebastian Vettel 1’33.276
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22
Row 713. (23) Alexander Albon 1’33.307
Williams-Mercedes FW44
14. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’33.439
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03
Row 815. (18) Lance Stroll 1’33.439
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22
16. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’33.674
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42
Row 917. (47) Mick Schumacher 1’33.701
Haas-Ferrari VF-22
18. (6) Nicholas Latifi 1’33.794
Williams-Mercedes FW44
Row 1019. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr No time
Ferrari F1-75
20. (20) Kevin Magnussen No time
Haas-Ferrari VF-22


Carlos Sainz Jnr – Start at back of grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components
Kevin Magnussen – Start at back of grid due to exceeding maximum number of power unit components

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15 comments on “2022 French Grand Prix grid”

  1. Good tactics by Ferrari.

  2. petebaldwin (@)
    23rd July 2022, 16:07

    Really like that grid. There’s lots of interesting potential battles throughout and a few who have to work their way through the field with Max and Charles fighting out front. Hopefully we get a good race tomorrow!

  3. And Mercedes is in the figh for race win

    Sarcasm is heavily present here

  4. Hopefully everyone gets a clean start and we don’t fr example see Russell crashing into Hamilton ahead of him.

    The real question is who had their car set for qualifying, and who had it setup for race pace?

    Any word on what tyres they’ll start on?

    1. As with any race, we won’t know starting tires until formation lap, it would expect medium to be the choice of the front runners, maybe some midfield going on hard, expect Sainz and Magnussen to be on hard.

      Big question on tires is, who will gamble on a soft!

      1. I vote for Alonso on softs, for the glory of getting ahead of his former rivals.. ;^)
        or else he go to the other extreme and go hards, to try and run very long.

        1. Leonard Smart
          23rd July 2022, 23:34

          I would bet my bottom dollar he will start on hards and try to finish on them, he does look after his tyres has proven before

  5. Feels to me like Max has the upper hand for tomorrow, but then of course that’s why they run the races and not just hand out the trophies beforehand.

    1. petebaldwin (@)
      23rd July 2022, 16:35

      @robbie – I think the same… Ferrari have gone with a lot more downforce than Red Bull which isn’t going to help them tomorrow. They’ll have to look after the tyres so won’t benefit from the extra downforce as much as they did today whereas Red Bull will still have all of the benefits they had today with their lower downforce setting – even more when they can combine their advantage with DRS….

      Sky just did a comparison of Max and Charles’ laps and despite the tow, Max was still gaining plenty of time down the straight. Add some DRS into the mix and it’ll be an extremely easy pass tomorrow if he can keep up for the first few laps. Once he’s ahead, he’ll be difficult to overtake and will probably have better tyre wear.

      1. @petebaldwin
        The Ferrari concept is about producing more downforce while the RBR is all about aerodynamic efficiency, a lot of downforce while keeping their street line speed. Both teams have brought parts this season that are against their design philosophy to compensate for their shortfalls. Ferrari brought parts (wings, floor…) to increase its straight line speed and RBR brought parts to produce more downforce.

        Ferrari have gone with a lot more downforce than Red Bull which isn’t going to help them tomorrow

        More downforce means more load which normally prevents the car from sliding and gives it more grip which normally will result in less tyre degradation. It’s a balance, if a team will go too far in that direction it will certainly suffer from high tyre wear.

        Pace wise Ferrari seem to still have something in hand. Carlos Q2 lap was 31.0 enough to secure second place without the tow and he said after qualy that he could have gone quicker in Q3. Ferrari pace wise is the car to beat. Reliability, strategy and pitstops are the factors that can decide the race in favour of RBR in my opinion otherwise I can see Leclerc comfortably controlling the race from the front.

      2. Ferrari have seemed better on tire wear though, so if Leclerc breaks DRS and maintains the lead, then it may be more of a challenge.

        Is the undercut or overcut stronger at Paul Ricard?

  6. Ferrari is having a similar deficit of top speed to Jeddah ~10 km. Unlike in Jeddah, they are getting out-accelerated out of corners and they are barely quicker in the slow sector. Max made 2 mistakes on his last lap otherwise he would be within a tenth and with around 2-3 tenths in pole to spare without Sainz’s help.

    Leclerc with Sainz tow was still ~3km of RB on the straight leading to Signes. I am very curious about tomorrow.

    1. *off

      1. So what? The grid is at it is. And you can’t predict the future.

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