Max Verstappen starts the French GP at the top

The World Cup leader was the fastest of the day at the start of the activity at Paul Ricard.

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Equality was the predominant note at the beginning of the activity of the Grand Prix of France, the seventh round of the World Cup F1, with the top eleven finishers in the fastest stint locked in less than a second, an interesting preview of the tight fight that can be seen this weekend on the circuit Paul ricard.

The dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), was the leader of the World Cup and set the best time by stopping the timer at 1:32.872 and be just eight thousandths ahead of the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who had been the best in the morning session, completing a good day of personal vindication among the rumors about his possible departure from the German team.

Max Verstappen
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The third position was for the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) closely followed by the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), whose team was confirmed as the positive surprise in their home race. The sixth position of his French partner Esteban Ocon supported the good feelings of the Asturian rider, who completed his best Friday of the year.

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At the moment, the fight to be the third best team of the weekend focuses on Alpine y Ferrari, which placed the Monegasque Charles Leclerc in fifth position. For its part, the Iberian Carlos Sainz, whose morning work schedule was affected by a track start that scorched his tires, he finished eighth in the afternoon eight tenths behind Verstappen.

The French also managed to get into a very varied Top 10 Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romero) and English Lando Norris (McLaren), who finished seventh, ninth and tenth, respectively. The McLaren team itself and the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), twelfth, surprised by their discreet performance.

The activity will continue on Saturday with a new free testing session and the classification, which will take place from 10 from Argentina and that will serve to define the starting grid of the GP.



1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:32.872 21
2 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:32.880 +0.008s 27
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:33.125 +0.253s 23
4 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:33.340 +0.468s 25
5 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:33.550 +0.678s 23
6 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:33.685 +0.813s 23
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:33.696 +0.824s 25
8 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:33.698 +0.826s 24
9 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:33.786 +0.914s 26
10 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:33.822 +0.950s 24
11 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:33.831 +0.959s 23
12 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:33.921 +1.049s 24
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:33.955 +1.083s 25
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:34.079 +1.207s 24
15 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:34.447 +1.575s 25
16 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:34.632 +1.760s 24
17 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.266 +2.394s 25
18 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.331 +2.459s 25
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:35.512 +2.640s 24
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:35.551 +2.679s 23


pos. No. pilot auto tiempo diff. laps
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:33.448 24
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:33.783 +0.335s 21
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:33.880 +0.432s 23
4 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:34.193 +0.745s 25
5 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:34.329 +0.881s 25
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:34.644 +1.196s 24
7 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:34.693 +1.245s 21
8 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:34.699 +1.251s 20
9 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:34.707 +1.259s 21
10 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:34.847 +1.399s 22
11 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:34.950 +1.502s 24
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:35.116 +1.668s 23
13 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:35.135 +1.687s 20
14 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:35.275 +1.827s 23
15 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:35.289 +1.841s 16
16 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:35.342 +1.894s 24
17 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.612 +2.164s 22
18 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:36.651 +3.203s 24
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:37.329 +3.881s 14
20 45 Roy Nissan WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:37.881 +4.433s 16

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