Provisional grid for the French GP

Date published: June 24 2018 - Editor

Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s French GP from pole position, headlining a Mercedes 1-2, while Brendon Hartley has fallen to the back of the grid.

Hamilton set the pace in qualifying, clocking 1:30.029 to edge his team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.118s.

The duo topped Saturday’s timesheet ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen as they put Mercedes’ updated engine to good use.

Meanwhile at the very back of the grid is Toro Rosso’s Hartley.

Engine troubles for the New Zealander in Friday’s second practice meant Honda changed all six elements of the power unit.

As such he racked up a penalty in excess of 30 grid places and falls from P17 to P20.

The provisional grid
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30.029
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.118s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.371s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 0.676s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 0.866s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.028s
7 Carlos Sainz Renault 2.097s
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber 2.606s
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2.901s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas no time set
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:32.075
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:32.115
13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:32.454
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:32.460
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:32.820
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:32.976
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:33.162
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:33.636
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:33.729
20 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:33.025 *

* Hartley starts from back of grid due to multiple replacement power unit elements.