An absorbing qualifying session saw Max Verstappen take pole at the French Grand Prix over the resurgent Mercedes duo, throwing up some interesting stats and facts along the way...

    • Verstappen takes his second pole of the season - First non-Mercedes on the front row at Paul Ricard since 1990

    • It is only Verstappen's fifth career pole, and only Red Bull's eighth pole in the hybrid era (145th race)

    • Lewis Hamilton has started second more often than any other position this season. This will be his fourth P2 start

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    LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri is interviewed
    This was Pierre Gasly's fifth top six grid slot of the season
    • Valtteri Bottas has only qualified on the front row once this season, when he took pole in Portugal

    • Sergio Perez starts fourth, and the Mexican hasn't got within 0.350s of his team mate in qualifying in the last four races

    • Carlos Sainz has out-qualified his team mate for only the second time this season, and it is the first time Charles Leclerc has been beaten by ateam mate at Paul Ricard

    • Pierre Gasly has qualified in the top six for the fifth time in seven races having only done this once in 2020

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    • Leclerc could only manage seventh after his back to back poles in Monaco and Bak

    • Lando Norris maintains his record of making Q3 at every race this season, but has only qualified in the top six once, when he was fifth in Monaco

    • Fernando Alonso has a fourth Q3 appearance of the season, one more than his team mate Esteban Ocon has managed

    LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan driving the (22) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02
    Yuki Tsunoda has dropped out in Q1 four times this season
    • Ocon misses Q3 for the third straight race

    • Sebastian Vettel is out in Q2 for the second straight race, but did finish second last time out

    • Mick Schumacher gives Haas their first Q2 appearance since the Nurburgring in 2020, after 12 consecutive races of both drivers exiting in Q1

    • Nicholas Latifi failed to make Q2 by just 0.002s, losing out to his team mate George Russell yet again

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    • Kimi Raikkonen was out in Q1 for the third time this year

    • Lance Stroll has been eliminated in Q1 every time he has visited Paul Ricard, and this is his second consecutive Q1 elimination

    • Yuki Tsunoda is out in Q1 for the fourth time in seven races this season