F1: Verstappen and Red Bull outwitted Mercedes to win the French Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen increased his advantage in the general classification of drivers by winning the Grand Prix of France. In Red Bull, they played better tactically than their rivals and outsmarted Mercedes, so the advantage in the general classification of the teams was increased. Hamilton passed through the finish line second, and the podium was completed by another Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez.

After the excellent qualifications for Red Bull and Max Verstappen, everyone hoped for a good fight on the track, especially between Max and Hamilton. The start of the race was marked by a mistake by Verstappen, who entered the first corner too fast and in order not to damage the tires and block the brakes, he extended straight over the abrasive surface and thus lost the first place to Luis Hamilton. Behind them, the start went without problems and incidents, Botas and Perez remained third and fourth, and Ricardo and Alonso had a good start. Max managed to keep the connection in relation to Hamilton, and the race promised to enter a monotonous flow, but that did not happen, at least not from the tactical side. During the first stint, Vlateri Botas was the first to replace him from the third position, and Max Verstappen did the same later, while Hamilton remained a lap longer than Max on the track. After leaving the box, Max drives a fantastic lap and “skips” Hamilton after leaving the box, to the general surprise of the entire Mercedes garage. Lewis presses Max for a couple of laps and keeps that difference enough to be able to use the DRS, but in the end he “gives up” the chase because there is excessive tire consumption. Verstappen makes a difference of over 2s and at the end of the 32nd lap Red Bull makes the right move, calling Max for another tire change.

Medium-hard tires are mounted on the Verstappen car, and it was clear to everyone that Red Bull finally did what Mercedes did to them two years ago in Hungary and this year in Spain, and that is one stop more than the competition. Max returns to the fourth place after the substitution, he soon catches up with Perez, who misses him in the rush for victory. 10 laps before the end of the race, Max catches up with the frustrated Botas, who via radio, with swearing, suggests to the team how they should have listened to him regarding the tactics. Botas’ defensive run affected his exit speed from a set of curves 8 and 9 and in corner 10 Botas lost second position and Max embarked on a campaign to win, 5s behind Hamilton. It took Max a couple of laps to enter DRS Hamilton and deliver the final blow to the lap and a half until the end of the race at the end of the Mistral route. A couple of laps before that, the joy of Red Bull was already present because Perez overtook Botas for the podium and thus enabled two Red Bulls on the podium at the French Grand Prix. In general, Red Bull did the race tactically without a mistake with different strategies for their drivers, while Mercedes missed both tactics this time, Botas was pulled too early into boxing, and they were late with the call of Hamilton.

McLaren had an excellent race, and with good tactics and driving, they stood out and won the fifth and sixth place and very important points in the fight with Ferrari for the third place in the general classification. After the end, Ricardo stated that he is finally starting to feel good in that car. Ferrari had a desperate race, both drivers were out of points at the end despite a pretty good first stint, but the transition to the hard component of Pirelli tires marked a drastic drop in the performance of the red cars. Gasley won solid points again for Alfa Tauri, and he finished the race in front of the excellent Alonso, who had a good pace for the eighth place in the home race for Alpina. The last two places in points went to Aston Martin drivers who had good tactics, Vettel drove great and won ninth place, while Strol can also be satisfied given the disastrous qualifications and the start from the last row. Russell should be praised again, who finished the race in 12th place in Williams, leaving behind Cunoda, Okona, both Alphas, Leclerc, his club colleague and, of course, the drivers of the Has team.

The next race will take place next week in Austria.

Francis Grand Prix results:

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 53 1:27’25.770
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 1:27’28.674 2.904
3 Sergio Perez Red Bull 53 1:27’34.581 8.811
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 53 1:27’40.388 14.618
5 Lando Norris McLaren 53 1:28’29.802 1’04.032
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 53 1:28’41.627 1’15.857
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 53 1:28’42.366 1’16.596
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine 53 1:28’43.465 1’17.695
9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 53 1:28’45.436 1’19.666
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 53 1:28’57.716 1’31.946
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 53 1:29’05.107 1’39.337
12 George Russell Williams 52 1 lap
13 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 52 1 lap
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine 52 1 lap
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 52 1 lap
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 52 1 lap
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 52 1 lap
18 Nicholas latifi Williams 52 1 lap
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 52 1 lap
20 Nikita mazepin Haas 52 1 lap

Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.

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