Verstappen claims pole for French GP after 2 red flags during Q1
The battle between Red Bull and Mercedes continued Saturday when Max Verstappen claimed pole position for Sunday’s French Grand Prix following a crash-filled qualifying session that included two red flags during Q1.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes followed Verstappen, respectively. The 23-year-old's Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez qualified fourth overall.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:29.990|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+0.455|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||Q2|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||Q2|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||Q1|
|19||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||Q1|
The solid qualifying result for the Red Bulls comes after Verstappen was unable to finish the season's last race at Azerbaijan.
"No points are scored today, but we have to finish it off tomorrow and try and get the 25 points we lost in Baku," Verstappen said after claiming pole position, according to F1.
Qualifying got off to a rocky start when AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda and Haas' Mick Schumacher were responsible for the two red flags during Q1. Schumacher would have reached Q2 for the first time if he had finished the first session.
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