Max Verstappen wins the French Grand Prix at the finish against Lewis Hamilton

What a final! Red Bull team driver Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet (Var) on Sunday, June 20, overtaking Lewis Hamilton (from the Mercedes team), in the penultimate lap of the race.

It is an (almost) total victory for Red Bull since its second driver, Sergio Perez, completes the podium by also doubling in the last moments of the Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes). Thanks to this victory, the third of the season, Max Verstappen takes the lead in the drivers’ standings with 131 points, ahead of Lewis Hamilton (119 points).

Dominated on a regular basis, the Briton is “No more disappointed than that. “ “We did a good job but it didn’t work out, he believes. Red Bull is just faster. “They had more power all weekend”, can only note the seven-time world champion, whereas it was until then the strong point of Mercedes. “We’re going to have to find some rhythm because we were wasting time on the straights. ”

McLaren, third force of the field

In front of 15,000 spectators, all had not started well for Verstappen, passed by Hamilton after losing control of his car at the first corner. But an earlier first pit stop and then a second stop shortly after halfway (when Hamilton only changed tires once) allowed him to seal the victory in the last kilometers.

For the other results, the McLaren riders have established themselves in the race as the third force on the field: the Briton Lando Norris is 5e and Australian Daniel Ricciardo 6e against very disappointing Ferraris (Sainz 11e and Leclerc 16e). For their part, the French Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon respectively finished 7e and 11e.

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