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.
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.
GRAND PRIZE TRAINING RESULT OF FRANCE 2021
|1||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:32.872||21|
|9||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:33.786||+0.914s||26|
|11||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:33.831||+0.959s||23|
|12||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:33.921||+1.049s||24|
|15||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:34.447||+1.575s||25|
|16||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:34.632||+1.760s||24|
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:33.880||+0.432s||23|
|4||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:34.193||+0.745s||25|
|12||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:35.116||+1.668s||23|
|13||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:35.135||+1.687s||20|
|14||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:35.275||+1.827s||23|
|15||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:35.289||+1.841s||16|