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Pierre Gasly claimed his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 pole position in front of his home crowd at Paul Ricard.

The Frenchman climbed through the field in the latter stages to qualify on top, just seven tenths-of-a-second faster than fellow Red Bull junior and championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr. The Spaniard could win the championship this weekend.

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Long-time leader of the session Sergey Sirotkin will start on the second row in third alongside Jazeman Jaafar, who showed a promising return to form to secure fourth in the only ISR challenger.

Roberto Merhi needs a top seven finish to keep his title hopes alive and starts race two from fifth followed by the ever-improving Lotus duo of Matthieu Vaxiviere and Marlon Stockinger.

Meanwhile Oliver Rowland, Norman Nato and Esteban Ocon completed the competitive top ten.

The Strakka Racing pairing of Will Stevens and Matias Laine qualified in eleventh and thirteenth respectively but have a good chance of finishing the points with the aid of Sunday's mandatory pit stop.

A red flag ended the session less than one minute from the end after the AV Formula of Zoel Amberg crashed into the tyre wall. The Swiss racer may be forced to start from the pit lane this afternoon.