Event: French F1 Grand Prix
Track: Paul Ricard Circuit

F1 Qualifying Results 2022 French Grand Prix

Sergio Perez stops in the Pitlane during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 23, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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Charles Leclerc scored his 16th F1 pole position of his career, during the 2022 French Grand Prix qualifying session today. The Ferrari driver will start from P1 for the first time on Paul Ricard. It was the 238th pole for Scuderia Ferrari.

Q1 Session

The first qualifying session that takes 18 minutes and eliminates the slowest 5 cars. The first lap time was set by Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin. The Canadian driver clocked a 1:33.844 min.

In the onboard of Max Verstappen you could see that the Red Bull driver had an amazing top speed of 340 km/h. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen did not got out the pits, probably because he will start from P20 anyway, due to the grid penalties he has received for using more power unit elements then allowed already this season.

After all drivers had put a lap time on the leaderboard, the driver on top was Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. The Monaguasque driver had set a lap time of 1:31.727 min. Verstappen was second on +0.164s. On P3 was Carlso Sainz on +0.570s. Pérez was 4th, Norris 5th, Alonso sixth, Bottas 7th, Hamilton 8th, Russell 9th and Ocon 10th.

With five minutes to go the drivers in the elimination zone where, Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo #24), Mick Schumacher (Haas #47, Nicholas Latifi (Williams #18, Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin #5) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas #20).

Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Schumacher had their last lap time deleted by race control for exceeding track limits. Schumacher's deleted lap time would have got him in Q2 as it was the 10th fastest lap time. In the end Magnussen did come out the pits to do a lap. He and Vettel were quick enough to make it into Q2. Magnussen only drove one clock lap time and put the Haas on P6. They both pushed out Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri #10) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin #18).

Q2 Session

After all drivers had set their first lap times, it now was Carlos Sainz who was fastest with his brand new power unit. The Spanish driver had clocked a 1:31.081 min. Sainz was 0.9s faster than Verstappen on P2.

With 5 minutes to go the drive who had to improve to make it into Q3 were: Vettel, George Russell (Mercedes #63, Esteban Ocon (Alpine #31), Alex Albon (Williams #23) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri #22).

Russell and Tsunoda improved enough to make it into Q3. The both pushed out Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren #4) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo #77). Ricciardo only came 0.086s short.

Q3 Session

The final 12 minutes of qualifying for tomorrow's French F1 Grand Prix. After the first run the man on pole position was Charles Leclerc (Ferrari #16). He was only 0.008s in front on his 2022 F1 drivers' title rival Max Verstappen. Pérez was 3rd on 0.431s.

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari #55) also has several grid penalties and also has to start form the back of the grid. The Ferrari driver gave his teammate Leclerc a great tow on the mistral straight, which gave him provisional pole.

In the second and last run Leclerc and Verstappen improved their lap time. Leclerc again got a slipstream from Sainz and now went even 0.3 sec. quicker than his first run.

The pole time of last year's French GP was a 1:31.001 min driven by Lewis Hamilton for the Mercedes team back in 2019.

Qualifying Times 2022 French GP

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.727 1:31.216 1:30.872 17
2 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:31.891 1:31.990 1:31.176 14
3 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:32.354 1:32.120 1:31.335 20
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.041 1:32.274 1:31.765 19
5 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:32.672 1:32.777 1:32.032 14
6 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:33.109 1:32.633 1:32.131 20
7 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:32.819 1:32.631 1:32.552 17
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:33.394 1:32.836 1:32.780 20
9 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:32.297 1:31.081 no time 10
10 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:32.756 1:32.649 no time 9
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:33.404 1:32.922 12
12 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:33.346 1:33.048 12
13 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:33.034 1:33.052 13
14 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:33.285 1:33.276 15
15 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:33.423 11
16 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:33.439 7
17 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:33.439 9
18 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:33.674 8
19 47 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:33.701 9
20 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:33.794 6

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2 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Qualifying Results 2022 French Grand Prix

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    I believe in absolute track limits, BUT MSC got snuffed out of a certain 12th and probable top 10. 1. The white paint is practically gone from the track at that apex. Why do you think that is true? 2. If you are going to install a bollard at the apex, place it at the apex not 7 feet from the edge. Am I whining, probably, so sue me.


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