Welcome to news.com.au’s coverage of tonight’s French Formula One Grand Prix. 

Charles Leclerc will start from pole position and will be looking to cut into Max Verstappen’s championship lead.

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Ferrari dominated qualifying and Carlos Sainz was second fastest, but he will start from the back of the grid because of a penalty for taking a new engine. 

Verstappen is on the front row, while Lewis Hamilton will he chasing a strong result in his 300th Grand Prix. 

McLaren’s Lando Norris had a strong qualifying and starts fifth, while Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo will start in P9. 

The race gets underway at 11pm AEST.

French Grand Prix starting grid

Front row: Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)

2nd row: Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull) Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

3rd row Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) George Russell (GBR/Mercedes)

4th row Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

5th row Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)

6th row Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo) Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

7th row Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

8th row Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo)

9th row: Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)

10th row: Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari) Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari)

Live Updates

Charles Leclerc is out of the race after he lost control of his Ferrari and spun off the track into the wall.

It’s the third time this season (Spain, Azerbaijan, France) that Leclerc has crashed out while leading the race.

Leclerc reported his throttle pedal failed. It is a disaster for Ferrari and their star driver now has virtually no chance of catching Max Verstappen in the championship battle.

After crashing out, Leclerc was heard breathing heavily over team radio, before he let out an almighty scream of frustration.

Sky Sports commentator Paul di Resta said: “That scream kind of noise is going to haunt a lot of people for a long time, especially at this point of the championship race.”

Fernando Alonso had an excellent start to the race and the two-time world champion has broken an F1 record in the process.

The 41-year-old has now raced the most laps of any F1 driver in history, surpassing Kimi Raikkonen’s record of 18,621 laps.

The race is underway and Charles Leclerc has a very slim lead over Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton made a great start to move up into third, while Fernando Alonso gained three places on the first lap to go up to fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo gained one spot and is in P8, one place behind hid McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

Daniel Ricciardo will start from ninth after benefiting from Carlos Sainz and Kevin magnussen dropping down the grid with engine penalties.

The Australian is eyeing another points finish and he joked AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Alpine’s Fernando Alonso will be easy pickings ahead of him.

“We got a couple of freebies with Sainz and Magnussen, so I’ll be ninth,” Ricciardo said.

“And then Yuki, he’s not good at starting, so I’ll be eighth,” he joked.

“Alonso is either great or bad, so I’ll probably be seventh, and then we’ll see from there.”

Ricciardo missed out on Q3 and was left “frustrated” by his car’s inconsistent performance on certain parts of the track.

“It was close but there are several corners where I’m offline and not really able to get (the car) doing what I want it to do,” he said.

“So, for sure, frustrated, especially when we’re close.

“We just need to make a good start and hopefully we can show some good race pace and tyre management.”

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