Max Verstappen extended his Formula One title lead to the highest point with an exciting victory at the French Grand Prix on Sunday.
Verstappen surpassed Lewis Hamilton with a little over a lap to go at the Circuit Paul Ricard, his Red Bull group having selected two refueling breaks during the race, while Hamilton and Mercedes pitted only a single time.
It implied the Dutch driver was speedier in the end, overwhelming Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas on lap 44 and focusing on Hamilton.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who additionally fell twice, finished on the platform behind Hamilton as he overwhelmed a baffled Bottas in the end.
While Mercedes will lament just pitting its drivers once, Red Bull benefitted from predominant strategies and got its first double platform for 2021.
“At the point when we settled on the decision to do the two-stop, fortunately, toward the end, that paid off. We needed to buckle down for it,” Verstappen, who got his third success of the period, told ESPN.
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The victory moved Verstappen 12 points ahead of Hamilton in the overall standings and marked Red Bull’s third consecutive race victory.
“We must discover some speed, that is without a doubt,” reigning champ Hamilton told ESPN.
“You’ve seen that we lost today more often than not, simply because we were in the straights.”We must unearth the profound and figure out what it is.”
Despite the fact that Verstappen began in the best position, he immediately lost his lead to Hamilton toward the beginning of the race as he went off the track at turn two.
Be that as it may, the drivers’ first refueling breaks ended up being a pivotal second as Hamilton, who pitted after his opponent, was undermined by Verstappen on lap 21.
Verstappen pitted again on lap 34 to hand the lead back to Hamilton, but it turned out to be a sharp move by Red Bull, whose vehicles were far faster than Mercedes on fresher tires in the end.
Pursuing the primary title of his profession, Verstappen presently has 13 successes to his name. The F1 season resumes one weekend from now with the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria.
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