In Paul Ricard's qualifying, every millimeter was fought hard. Unfortunately, Mick Schumacher went a bit too far off the right line. In the end, Ferrari celebrated Charles Leclerc's seventh pole position of the year. We show you the pictures of the day in the gallery.
Qualifying wasn't that unpredictable for a long time. In Paul Ricard's three free practice sessions, Red Bull and Ferrari were able to score some effective goals. On Friday Ferrari had the opponent almost on the ground. In the third training session on Saturday, Max Verstappen suddenly launched a big counterattack and suddenly led by three and a half tenths.
Just in time for the start of qualifying, the thermometer jumped over the 30°C mark. The tension was at boiling point. And suddenly Ferrari was there again. With a clever slipstream play on the long straight, Carlos Sainz helped his teammate Charles Leclerc to his seventh pole position of the year.
German pilots out early
There was nothing to celebrate with the German pilots. Sebastian Vettel had to give up in the second qualifying round. With twelfth place on the grid, he squeezed the maximum out of his Aston Martin. After the last place in the Spielberg qualifier, there was at least a small upward trend. The four-time world champion has to bake smaller rolls this year.
Mick Schumacher was put on the back burner after two points. The Haas youngster actually had the speed for a better result, but then he steered a bit too aggressively into turn 3 and left the track with all four wheels. The race management had no mercy and canceled the lap time that would have easily been enough for him to progress.
In the gallery we show you highlights from the fight for the best starting places.