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Charles Leclerc thanks Carlos Sainz as he prepares to keep Max Verstappen at bay

Charles Leclerc was grateful to team-mate Carlos Sainz for giving him a slipstream during qualifying as he claimed his seventh pole position of the season in France. Leclerc had gone quickest in the first free practice session as Ferrari looked to continue their impressive run of form, and he topped the first qualifying session on Saturday. Sainz pushed to go fastest in Q2 as Leclerc, Verstappen and Perez all cooled it off in the middle part of qualifying, and the reason for keeping the Spaniard out – despite starting at the back due to a grid penalty – was to give the 24-year-old a tow in Q3. Indeed, that slipstream helped him set a lap just eight thousandths of a second...
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