Round 12 of the 2022 Formula 1 season takes place at the 5.842 kilometre long Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet in France. The French Grand Prix, which returned to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence, is the oldest grand prix in the world. Here’s how the drama unfolded at the Qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s main race –
2022 French Grand Prix Qualifying 1
With all drivers out on soft compound tyres, Charles Leclerc led the first qualifying with a lap time of 1:31.727, ahead of Max Verstappen in second and teammate Carlos Sainz in third. Sergio Perez finished fourth, while McLaren’s Lando Norris took the fifth spot. Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Zhou Guanyu, Mick Schumacher and Nicholas Latifi were eliminated in Q1.
2022 French Grand Prix Qualifying 2
Carlos Sainz set the fastest lap time in Qualifying 2 at 1:31.081, ahead of Charles Leclerc. The two Ferrari drivers were followed by Red Bull Racing drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez +0.909 and +1.039 seconds behind respectively. Lewis Hamilton came fifth with a lap time of 1:32.274. Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Alex Albon finished from 11th to 15th respectively, bringing there French GP Qualifying to an end.
2022 French Grand Prix Qualifying 3
Charles Leclerc secured a pole position at the 2022 French Grand Prix after leading the third and final qualifying today, setting a sensational lap time of 1:30.872. The Monegasque finished ahead of teammates Verstappen and Perez in the second and third positions respectively. Lewis Hamilton rounds up the second row at tomorrow’s GP, with Lando Norris starting from P5.
George Russell starts from the sixth spot, followed by Fernando Alonso in P7 and Yuki Tsunoda in P8. Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen will start from the back tomorrow after taking a raft of new power-unit components.
Stay tuned to TOI Auto for the 2022 French Grand Prix race report tomorrow!