Verstappen, the leader in the World Cup standings, clocked a lap of 1.29.990 on Circuit Paul Ricard. The Red Bull driver was therefore more than two tenths faster than Hamilton, the reigning world champion and rival of Verstappen in the battle for the world title. The French GP, the seventh race of this season, starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Earlier this season, Verstappen took pole at the Bahrain GP, the opening race of the season. He has won two races so far, in Italy and Monaco.
Q1 was immediately disrupted in the first minutes by a slider from Yuki Tsunoda. That caused a code red. And so the drivers had less time to qualify for Q2.
‘Yuki the Rookie’ thus missed Q2. As Mick Schumacher also flew off towards the end, it was too late for Lance Stroll to set a lap and thus did not qualify for Q2. In any case, Verstappen was the fastest through to the second qualifying session.
Q2 also had to say goodbye to Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Ocon, among others, who finished outside the top 10.
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