Should a driver already confirmed as having a penalty to start a race at the back of the grid be permitted to take part in qualifying?

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen’s epic cat-and-mouse first stint during the French Grand Prix was thrilling to watch, given the different set-up directions the two drivers had employed for the race.

Leclerc’s higher-downforce set-up was proving the match of Verstappen’s quicker straight-line speed, with the Monegasque capitalising upon his pole position start – a pole position that had been aided directly by his team-mate, Carlos Sainz.

During the final part of qualifying, Sainz went out on track specifically with the intent of giving his team-mate a ‘tow’ down the long Mistral Straight into the Signes corner – and performed that task admirably for both of Leclerc’s Q3 runs.

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