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Charles Leclerc claimed pole at the French Grand Prix ahead of world champion Max Verstappen.

Leclerc and his Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz, who will start at the back of the grid after having a new engine and control electronics fitted, were dominant during Friday practice but Verstappen hit back to go quickest in FP3.

Leclerc found the response he needed with a hot lap of 1:30.872 in Q3 to pip the world champion to first place on the grid.

It is the Monegasque driver’s 16th career pole and seventh this season, and he will now turn his attention toward attempting to claim back-to-back wins after his triumph in Austria last time out.

Sergio Perez is third, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and the McLaren of Lando Norris.

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F1 French Grand Prix 2022 live updates, highlights

30 minutes to lights out: With the pit lane open and the grid filling up, things are starting to warm up… in more ways than one.

The temperature is rising and is expected to hit 34C (93F) today, which is going to make driver fatigue and car management a particular challenge.

Lando Norris told Sky Sports: “It’s going to be a tough race both physically for us as drivers and also just managing everything. Managing the car, brake and tyre temperatures… it’s going to be a tough race from that side of it. Tricky, but exciting at the same time.”

40 minutes to lights out: Today, Hamilton becomes only the sixth driver in history to start 300 Grands Prix. The others are Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barichello, Michael Schumacher and compatriot Jenson Button.

He’s won more than a third of all F1 races he’s entered (103 of 299, or 34.45 per cent), but he’s yet to get a victory in 2022. Could that change here?

Ahead of his parade lap around the Paul Ricard Circuit, Hamilton said he hoped to provide fans with “hopefully the best race ever!”. Here’s hoping…

1 hour to lights out: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the 2022 French Grand Prix in Le Castellet.

Charles Leclerc held off Max Verstappen to win last time out in Austria and the Ferrari driver pipped the reigning world champion to pole position this weekend.

With Carlos Sainz moved to the back of the grid following technical changes, Leclerc will be on his own as he attempts to keep the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Sergio Perez at bay.

Lewis Hamilton, who qualified in P4, won here in 2018 and 2019 and was second last year, but his comparative lack of pace in qualifying means his hopes are not high of a victory on his 300th F1 start.

F1 French Grand Prix 2022 starting grid

Position
Driver
Car
1
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
2
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
3
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
4
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
5
Lando Norris
McLaren
6
George Russell
Mercedes
7
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
8
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
9
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
10
Sebastian Ocon
Alpine
11
Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo
12
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
13
Alex Albon
Williams
14
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
15
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
16
Zhou Guanyu
Alfa Romeo
17
Mick Schumacher
Haas
18
Nicolas Latifi
Williams
19
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
20
Kevin Magnussen
Haas

How to watch Formula 1 in the USA

Race: French Grand Prix
Date: Sunday, July 24
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: fuboTV

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

How to watch Formula 1 in Canada

TV channel: TSN (English); RDS (French)
Live stream: TSN Direct

For fans in Canada, TSN will carry the English-language telecast of races. For those looking for the French broadcast, RDS will have you covered.

Races can also be streamed via TSN’s streaming service, TSN Direct.

How to watch Formula 1 in the United Kingdom

TV channel: Sky Sports F1
Live stream: NOW TV

Viewers in the United Kingdom can catch all F1 action on Sky Sports F1, the dedicated F1 channel. For viewers planning to live stream F1 in 2022, you can purchase a Sky Sports Pass on NOW TV.

How to watch Formula 1 in Australia

TV channel: Fox Sports; Channel 10
Live stream: Kayo

Fox Sports will carry all races in Australia, with Channel 10 broadcasting the Australian GP.

Formula 1 schedule 2022

There are 22 scheduled events on the F1 docket for 2022, one race shy of tying the mark for the longest F1 calendar.

The season started in Bahrain on March 20 and will end with the customary Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although a bit earlier than usual, in November. If the schedule stands, this will be the earliest end of the Formula 1 season since it concluded on Nov. 4 in 2013.

Returning to the 2022 F1 slate are the Canadian and Japanese Grand Prix, both of which were cancelled in 2021 amid fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The calendar also holds the maiden voyage for the Miami Grand Prix, the first of two races in the United States in 2022, with the customary United States GP taking place in October.

The Russian Grand Prix, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, was cancelled because of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Here’s the latest schedule (subject to change — all times BST):

Date
Race
Track
Start time
TV channel
Winner (Team)
March 20
Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit
3 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
March 27
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Jeddah Street Circuit
6 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
April 10
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park Circuit
6 a.m.
Sky Sports F1
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
April 24
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Imola Circuit
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 8
Miami Grand Prix
Miami International Autodrome
8:30 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 22
Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
May 29
Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
June 12
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku City Circuit
12 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
June 19
Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gillies-Villenueve
7 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
July 3
British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit
3 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
July 10
Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull Ring
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
July 24
French Grand Prix
Circuit Paul Ricard
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
July 31
Hungarian Grand Prix
Hungaroring
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Aug. 28
Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Sept. 4
Dutch Grand Prix
Circuit Zandvoort
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Sept. 11
Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
2 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Oct. 2
Singapore Grand Prix
Marina Bay Street Circuit
1 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Oct. 9
Japanese Grand Prix
Suzuka International Racing Course
6 a.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Oct. 23
United States Grand Prix
Circuit of the Americas
8 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Oct. 30
Mexico City Grand Prix
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
8 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Nov. 13
Sao Paulo Grand Prix
Interlagos Circuit
6 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD
Nov. 20
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Marina Circuit
1 p.m.
Sky Sports F1
TBD

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