Heavy rain restricts French GP 3rd practice, Bottas…

Lewis Hamilton beats Mercedes-GP teammate Valtteri Bottas to take French GP pole

Lewis Hamilton beats Mercedes-GP teammate Valtteri Bottas to take French GP pole

Bottas credited the upgrade with the gains on the track.

"It would have been nice if it had continued raining all day but unfortunately it dried up just in time for the session", added the 20-year-old, referring to the washed out earlier practice.

"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. "I pushed hard and probably pushed too much and was playing catch up".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen qualified fourth with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen sixth. In my lifetime it's not been great for us, but we have a good team and England deserve at some time to win the World Cup. "Really excited to be back for the first grand prix at Paul Ricard in a long, long time".

Young Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc surprised many by putting his Sauber into the final top 10 shoot out How does it feel to drive an F1 auto at Paul Ricard?

Le Castellet - Valtteri Bottas topped the times to maintain Mercedes supremacy when the third and final practice for the French Grand Prix was severely curtailed by a heavy rainstorm on Saturday.

The biggest loser from qualifying was Romain Grosjean, who lost control and put the nose of his Haas into the barrier after having made the cut for the 10 fastest drivers.

Fernando Alonso, who completed the second leg in his pursuit of motor racing's Triple Crown with victory at Le Mans last weekend, was eighth, 1.9 seconds off the pace.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley spun his Toro Rosso to set the tone before Frenchman Esteban Ocon spun his Force India and both Saubers followed suit.

The return of the French GP after a decade-long absence is the first part of an unprecedented tripleheader of three races on consecutive weekends with the Austria and British events coming in quick succession. I remember the last race at Paul Ricard in 1990, but I never got the chance to compete.

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