Hamilton secures pole position in France

French Grand Prix 1976

French Grand Prix 1976

Hamilton beat teammate Valtteri Bottas to the fastest time at Paul Ricard on Saturday by 0.118s as title rival Sebastian Vettel took third, 0.371s off the pace. "I think it is a tricky track, not easy to get in a good ride start to finish".

"But there's a long way to go and we'll keep approaching the rest of the season like we approached today".

The 90-minute opening session was red-flagged with a minute remaining when Ericsson lost control at the Beausset corner, spun and hit the barriers hard, with the Sauber auto then catching fire.

In F1's first race in France in a decade, Hamilton quickly adapted to the unfamiliar track by posting the top times in both of Friday's qualifying sessions, while Vettel struggled to find the right driving lines.

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern, Gayford explain baby's name, Neve Te Aroha
Neve is Ardern's first child and she weighed in at 3.31kg when she made her way into the world at 4.45pm on Thursday 21 June. PMO says it was a "hive of activity this morning" with Ardern being visited by her midwife, obstetrician and physio.

In demand Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari team-mate four-time champion and current leader Vettel.

Hamilton called his run "impeccable".

The four-time world champion said on his team radio that the McLaren driver was going "dangerously slow".

Charles Leclerc twice spun to a brief stop, while Max Verstappen drove his Red Bull wide on consecutive corners and Kevin Magnussen had a near miss with Sergio Perez.

Kane fires England to record 6-1 win against Panama
England will now play Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with the victor of that match advancing from the group in first place. England qualify for second round after thrashing Panama with Harry Kane hat-trick.

Brendon Hartley will start the race from last place after Toro Rosso had to change his Honda engine on Friday.

A wheel then came off Sergio Perez's Force India auto at speed on the Mistral straight in the late afternoon.

The Mercedes team's form reflected their determination to bounce back after a disappointing showing in Canada, two weeks ago, where Vettel's 50th career win put him back on top.

Fernando Alonso also spun his McLaren. I remember the last race at Paul Ricard in 1990, but I never got the chance to compete.

Saudi Arabia added to the MSCI EM index
MSCI will decide whether to reclassify Saudi Arabia and its US$ 526 billion bourse to "emerging" from "standalone" status. Allowing foreign funds into the Saudi stock market will facilitate the sale of the planned IPO.

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