Verstappen passed Hamilton on the penultimate lap to win the French GP

With a two-stop strategy well before the end, Red Bull pays back Mercedes and sees the Dutchman extend the lead in the lead

Sebastien Nogier / EPA / EFERed Bull celebrates Max Verstappen’s victory at the French GP; Dutch leads Formula 1 World Championship

Held in France, the seventh race of the season of Formula 1 it was exciting and decided with just two laps to go. Worlds leader, the Dutch Max Verstappen, from Red Bull, blundered at the start, but made an excellent recovery run, had a smart strategy from his team and, flying low at the end, made the decisive and skillful overtake over Lewis Hamilton two laps from the flag. Verstappen’s advantage over Mercedes’ English is now 11 points (131 to 119). “They had the best car all weekend,” lamented Hamilton. The first place in the championship foresees a fierce dispute between the two “until the end”

“We gave change”, celebrated the Red Bull, by radio, after the victory of its main pilot. The defending champion’s victory in Barcelona was choked up. At the time, Mercedes sent Hamilton early to the pits (twice) and forced Verstappen to finish the race with worn tires. This time, it was RBR that used the expedient. “The two-stop strategy paid off,” celebrated the Dutchman. “Congratulations to Max, he did a great job. I’m happy with the result, unfortunately I lost the position, but it was still a great race”, agreed Lewis. The third place in France was the Mexican Sergio perez, by Red Bull, who also had a great performance, decisive for his teammate’s victory. He also passed a Mercedes driver at the end (Valtteri Botas) and thus secured a podium spot.

See the final classification of the French GP

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