Hamilton pips Bottas for Mercedes one-two at Paul Ricard

F1 2018 Gets New French GP Gameplay Featuring Grosjean, Ocon and Gasly

F1 2018 Gets New French GP Gameplay Featuring Grosjean, Ocon and Gasly

Bottas had been on provisional pole position with his final lap before Hamilton improved, giving the team its first front-row lockout since the Spanish Grand Prix. "In the end with P3 I'm happy because the vehicle should be good in the race". "It is going to be close all season".

Mercedes ran its new engine upgrade for the first time during Friday practice at the French Grand Prix, and the team claims it is better still than the one they had hoped to use in Canada. Either they know something we don't or they have made a mistake. "It would have definitely helped us in Montreal". "After the first attempt I thought "with a really unbelievable lap we have a chance" but P3 I'm happy with because the vehicle should be good in the race".

Hamilton led the way through all three segments of qualifying and laid down a benchmark with a time of 1:30.222, a tenth clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Having wrestled the championship lead back from rival and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, Vettel is looking to build some momentum with the first ever triple header in Formula 1 history - France, Austria and the United Kingdom all being run on consecutive weekends - and remains confident of his chances on race day in Paul Ricard. After my first attempt in Q3, I had thought I could be closer to Mercedes and hoped to improve.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen qualified fourth with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen sixth. "But already at the beginning I tried to push hard and probably pushed a little bit too much so I lost a little and then you're playing catch-up".

Carlos Sainz Jr. spearheaded the midfield battle for Renault as he took seventh, as Charles Leclerc again starred for Sauber, making it through to Q3, where he placed eighth.

But the driver, bidding to beat the German to claim his fifth world championship, will have one eye on Gareth Southgate's team as they aim to secure their second victory in as many matches. But [I'm] really, really happy to have the pole. Hamilton said on his team radio the McLaren driver was going "dangerously slow" when he came upon him.

Alonso and Vandoorne sandwiched Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley, though he will drop to the back of the grid on account of incurring the maximum 15-place grid penalty due to taking on a new power unit. Hamilton followed and, after the first flying runs, he and Bottas topped the times before the session was red-flagged when Grosjean crashed at Turn Three.

The last time Le Castellet held an F1 race was in 1990 when French great Alain Prost won for Ferrari.

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