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Verstappen wins French GP after thrilling final

Max Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap to win the 2021 French Grand Prix. Sergio Pérez completed the podium while Valterri Bottas finished 4th.

After a forced break last year due to a pandemic, the French GP taking place at the Paul-Ricard circuit is back on the calendar in 2021. The Hamilton / Verstappen duel that we expected has kept all its promises.

Red Bull as a strategist

Party in pole position, Verstappen makes a mistake on the first corner, which allows Hamilton to take the lead. If he regains the lead during the waltz of the pit stops, Red Bull opts for a two-stop strategy, against only one for his competitors, which forced Max Verstappen to return to the pits. The strategy ultimately paid off since this allows him to pass Hamilton again on the penultimate lap of the race and to win in France. It also obtains with the point of the best lap in the race.

A small feat since since the arrival in 2018 of Le Castellet on the calendar, Lewis Hamilton was always the winner. His domination was even unchallenged since he had so far only traveled one tour in France without being the leader.

The podium is completed by a Sergio Pérez who manages to take the best of a Valtteri Bottas, 4th, whose tires in agony did not keep pace at the end of the race.

Top for McLaren, Flop for Ferrari

McLaren achieves a good performance by hoisting its two drivers to 5th and 6th places (Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo respectively). The French Pierre Gasly also had an excellent race, finishing 7th behind the wheel of his Alpha Tauri. This is the 6th time in a row that he has entered the points. The other Frenchman on the grid, Esteban Ocon on Alpine, is less energetic as he finishes in 14th place when his teammate Fernando Alonso climbs to 8th place.

Very bad weekend for Ferrari who had nevertheless achieved a good qualifying session. Carlos Sainz finished 11th while Charles Leclerc finished in 16th position.

All the classification:

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  3. Sergio Pérez – Red Bull
  4. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes
  5. Lando Norris – McLaren
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren
  7. Pierre Gasly – Alpha Tauri
  8. Fernando Alonso – Alpine
  9. Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin
  10. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
  11. Carlos Sainz – Ferrari
  12. George Russell – Williams
  13. Yuki Tsunoda – Alpha Tauri
  14. Esteban Ocon – Alpine
  15. Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo
  16. Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
  17. Kimi Raikkonen –  Alfa Romeo
  18. Nicholas Latifi – Williams
  19. Mick Schumacher – Haas
  20. Nikita Mazepin – Haas

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