Lewis Hamilton on pole for French Grand Prix

The Red Bull of Max Verstappen completes the second row.

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Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for Sunday's French Grand Prix, with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas joining the world champion on the front row

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who leads Hamilton by one point in the drivers standings, will set off from the second row after coming in third quickest in qualifying at Le Castellet circuit on Saturday.

The Red Bull of Max Verstappen completes the second row.

The four-time world champion clocked a best lap in one minute and 30.029 seconds to grab the 75th pole position of his career ahead of Bottas, giving himself a perfect chance to regain the initiative in the title race in Sunday's race.

Championship leader, and fellow four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was third, three-tenths off the pace, ahead of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of Carlos Sainz of Renault, Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Kevin Magnussen and his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean, who crashed during the top-ten shootout, halting the session for eight minutes.

“That wasn't too bad,” said Hamilton. “It feels great to be back in France -- it's a beautiful place and we got a great response from the crowd.”