How Max Verstappen topped Lewis Hamilton at the F1 French Grand Prix

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It's game on in Formula 1 after Max Verstappen's win in the F1 French Grand Prix on Sunday at Paul Ricard Circuit at Le Castellet, France.

The win was the third in a row for Red Bull and the third of the season for Max Verstappen, who passed Lewis Hamilton on the next-to-last lap of the race to increase his points lead in the championship. Verstappen came into the race with a four-point lead and left France with a 12-point advantage over seven-time champion Hamilton.

Verstappen and Red Bull pulled off a successful two-stop strategy, as Red Bull proved to win both on the track and on strategy. Verstappen made his first pit stop on lap 19 of the 53-lap race an committed to the two-stop strategy with a second stop on Lap 32. Hamilton made his lone pit stop on Lap 20 and was unable to hold off Verstappen and the Red Bull's fresher tires.

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Photo credit: Rudy Carezzevoli - Getty Images

The final margin of victory was a comfortable 2.9 seconds.

Sergio Perez, who won last time out in Baku, completed the podium for Red Bull. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas also fell victim to the one-stop strategy and finished fourth after watching Perez make the pass on Lap 49.

No cars outside the top four finished within a minute of the winner.

All 20 cars were running at the end to mark just the 10th time in F1 history there were no retirements in the race.

George Russell of Williams finished 12th for his best result of the season.

F1 French Grand Prix

Results

  1. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 53 laps

  2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +2.9 seconds

  3. Sergio Perez, Red Bull, +8.8

  4. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, +14.6

  5. Lando Norris, McLaren, +1:04.0

  6. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, +1:15.8

  7. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, +1:16.5

  8. Fernando Alonso, Alpine, +1:17.6

  9. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, +1:19.6

  10. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, +1:31.9

  11. Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, +1:39.3

  12. George Russell, Williams, 1 lap

  13. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1 lap

  14. Esteban Ocon, Alpine, 1 lap

  15. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, 1 lap

  16. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1 lap

  17. Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, 1 lap

  18. Nicholas Latifi, Williams, 1 lap

  19. Mick Schumacher, Haas, 1 lap

  20. Nikita Mazepin, Haas, 1 lap

Season Leaders

Drivers

  1. Max Verstappen 131 points

  2. Lewis Hamilton 119

  3. Sergio Perez 84

  4. Lando Norris 76

  5. Valtteri Bottas 59

Teams

  1. Red Bull 215

  2. Mercedes 178

  3. McLaren 110

  4. Ferrari 94

  5. AlphaTauri 45

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