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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.” . “

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