Sebastian Vettelcouldn't find the necessary pace to challenge the front row and ended up nearly 0.4 seconds down from Hamilton, with a scruffy final run in Q3. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were a little bit further down the road and will start in fourth and fifth today. Kimi Raikkonen had a poor final qualifying and ended up sixth.
Other than Hamilton, the undoubted star of qualifying was Sauber's Charles Leclerc, who put his car where it has no right to be, going through to final qualifying for the first time in his career. He will start eighth, ahead of the Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen - who was impeded by Raikkonen in Q3 - and Romain Grosjean - who crashed out of final qualifying before setting a time.
A word for Marcus Ericsson, too, whose only real action before qualifying was in first practice, having missed FP2 with his car being repaired. He made it into Q2 for the first time this year and starts 15th.
The forecast today is for potential showers and thunderstorms around the time of the race. There's a bit of weather about, as they say. Given the layout of this track - remodeled as a test track in the 2000s - and the trouble these 2018-spec cars rain may be the best chance of an interesting race. If it doesn't rain...well, don't say you were not warned.
I'll be here for the next few hours with all the build-up, live updates and reaction from the 2018 French Grand Prix. Will the championship lead change hands again? Can Valtteri Bottas secure his first win of 2018? Will it rain? We shall see very shortly.
Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2018/06/22/french-grand-prix-2018-time-does-race-start-tv-channel-odds/