Sergio Perez managed to bring his Red Bull in 2nd row, alongside Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.
The Mexican was hoping to clinch front row alongside team mate Max Verstappen, who took Pole position with two tenths on contender Lewis Hamilton. Perez, along with everyone in the top ten, will start tomorrow on medium, as the softest tyre isn't ideal for the race.
Checo was hoping for a better placement at Paul Ricard, but hopes to make a 1-2 in the race.
“It wasn’t an ideal qualifying as I think locking out the front row was possible but unfortunately I made a mistake on my final Q3 run which cost me quite a bit of lap time," Checo explained.
"We were going in the right direction and I was feeling comfortable with the car but I just ran wide over the kerbs at Turn 12 and the lap was gone. But tomorrow is when it matters and we have better race pace than in qualifying so we should really be in the mix. It will be very close with Mercedes so I will be applying the pressure from the very first lap. My starts have been good so the plan is to get a couple of positions off the line and manage the race from there to try and bring home a 1-2 for the Team. I think the race will come down to tyre management so hopefully we can outperform them in that area but either way it’s going to be very entertaining for the fans and now I’m just looking forward to tomorrow!”