DrThanks to a clever maneuver, Ferrari star Charles Leclerc secured first place on the grid for the Formula 1 race in France.
In a car mate’s shelter Carlos Sainz Monegacy is unbeatable at Le Castellet on Saturday and raced to pole position in a completely superior fashion. On his fastest lap, the 24-year-old was more than three-tenths of a second ahead of world champion Max Verstappen at Red Bull, who had no chance in the heat on the Mediterranean. And his Mexican rival Sergio Perez finished third.
“We are in a very good position. It worked out thanks to Carlos,” said Leclerc, second in the world championship, after 16th in his career and thanking his helpful colleague. He would have been much closer without Carlos. I hope he comes back to fight tomorrow.”
Sainz as a powerful draft horse for Leclerc
Scuderia were able to tactics with Sainz as the 27-year-old didn’t have a chance to secure a place at the top. He was punished for changing technical items and had to go fishing from behind on Sunday (3pm/sky). Ferrari He cleverly took advantage of this circumstance the day before the Grand Prix and twice used Sainz as a strong draw horse for Leclerc. However, in the perfect interaction, Red Bull had no chance of counterattack. “Ferrari made the most of the game. But the gap is not as big as it seems,” said Helmut Marko, Red Bulls advisor.
It was too Verstappen Convinced, who enters the twelfth round of the season as the championship leader with 38 points, ahead of Leclerc. “Our strength is not in qualifying, we had some problems. It was tougher than I had hoped,” said the Dutchman, who has been waiting to win the Grand Prix for more than a month: “We have a good race car, we are fast on the straights, we can use that well tomorrow.” . “
Schumacher’s fastest time has been removed
Sebastian Vettel He was 14th at Aston Martin and, for Mick Schumacher, finished qualifying after the first round. In fact, the Haas contestant had already secured a place for the second knockout round, but the 23-year-old’s fastest time was later omitted. Schumacher had left the track illegally and thus gained an advantage, as the race director later decided.
“It doesn’t look like it from our point of view. If they (the race directors) think so, then there’s no need to argue. You won’t change your mind,” Schumacher said on Sky, “Very bad! But then we simply have to put more effort into the race and overtake more.” “.
Only Schumacher’s second best lap counted, which was only enough for 19th place. From this starting position, he became the son of the record world champion Michael Schumacher But it doesn’t have to compete, as both Sainz and Kevin Magnussen have to come back in for Haas second. Schumacher should start from 17th, for Vettel from 12th.
Sainz and Magnussen are penalized for replacing parts of the drive unit, each of which exceeds the permissible limit. Sainz had previously been sanctioned on Friday after being trained in the new drive unit control electronics.
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