Lewis Hamilton Claims 75th Career Pole at Circuit Paul Ricard

Lewis Hamilton Claims 75th Career Pole at Circuit Paul Ricard

Lewis Hamilton Claims 75th Career Pole at Circuit Paul Ricard

Lewis Hamilton qualified quickest for Sunday's French Grand Prix with the 75th pole position of his career, but said his Q3 was "so-so".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leads Hamilton by one point at the top of the standings after seven of 21 races.

Daniel Ricciardo has moved up the rankings, with Bottas losing ground despite a good comeback drive after the early crash.

As the F1 Grand Prix Circus returns to France for the first time in a decade, it's Lewis Hamilton on pole after qualifying, alongside team mate Bottas. "But P3 I'm happy with because the vehicle should be good in the race".

"This place is lovely", he said.

Mercedes brought an upgraded power unit to Le Castellet and Hamilton, who has yet to win in France, has been consistently quick.

The Renault-powered Red Bulls were Mercedes' closest challengers as Ferrari languished nearly a second off the pace across both sessions.

"I hope that we can do something great with it".

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Iranian fans have turned to the dark arts to try and disrupt Cristiano Ronaldo before they play Portugal in the World Cup tonight. Ricardo Quaresma scored a stunning goal for Portugal in the first half, while Iran scored a late penalty in the second half.

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ESPN's Nick Ames shares his thoughts on Belgium's dominant display against Tunisia which saw them top group G. Substitute Michy Batshuayi also got on the scoresheet, so Belgium have a class replacement ready to go.

Charles Leclerc, 20, continued his impressive debut season by making the final shoot-out for the first time.

This was clear evidence not only of Hamilton s pure pace, but also his innate ability to learn a new circuit very quickly.

The 90-minute opening session was red-flagged with a minute remaining when Ericsson lost control at the Beausset corner, spun and hit the barriers hard, with the Sauber auto then catching fire.

Spain's double world champion Fernando Alonso, victor at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota last weekend, came down to earth with a bump in 16th place with McLaren team mate Stoffel Vandoorne 19th.

"Our performance has usually been so-so on Saturdays, with our average position in qualifying so far this year being 13th", said Alonso.

"I'm really happy with the pole, but I always strive for perfection and there was some time left on the track, so I still have stuff to work on", he said.

McLaren still fared better than former champions Williams, who had Russian Sergey Sirotkin 19th and Canadian Lance Stroll 20th.

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso), Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Vandoorne all spun onto the blue-striped run-off areas at Turn Six but stopped before hitting the barrier.

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