Verstappen takes pole position for French GP

Sports Desk, Jun 19 (EFE).- Dutch Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen on Saturday earned the pole position for the French Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes’ duo.

In his fastest attempts, the Red Bull driver covered the 5,842-meter circuit in one minute, 29.990 seconds to clinch his fifth pole position of his career.

“No points are scored today, but we have to finish it off tomorrow, and try and get the 25 points we lost in Baku,” Verstappen told F1 media afterwards.

Mercedes’ seven-time world champion British Lewis Hamilton came second just 0.258 seconds off the pace, ahead of his Fin teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will start Sunday’s race from the second row, alongside Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

“We’ve got a race on our hands, and we’re loving the battle! We’re gonna keep pushing, keep fighting and giving it everything,” said Hamilton who is also second in the overall standings with 101 points, four shy of the Dutch. EFE


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