Wednesday, August 4

Verstappen’s moral coup in France

Max verstappen has given him this Sunday the third win over Red Bull this season in the French Grand Prix, seventh round of the 2021 World Cup. A triumph with immense value in Mercedes ‘territory’. In a strategy race, Red Bull He has clearly won the game against Mercedes. Tire management has been key and Brackley’s have not managed to manage their performance. Lewis hamilton has had to settle for second place and Sergio Pérez has surpassed Valtteri Bottas in the battle for third position on the podium. Verstappen shore up your leadership, by 11 points over Hamilton, and his bid for the title is stronger than ever.

Fernando Alonso has been eighth in the home race for Alpine and has added three more points to distance himself from Esteban Ocón. Carlos Sainz, with a career from more to less, he has ended up succumbing and after starting as the best of the rest in a promising fifth position, he has finished 11th weighed down by the degradation of the Pirelli, which have also fully affected Charles Leclerc (16th).

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Verstappen made a mistake when braking over the first corner and Hamilton has not forgiven. The British seven-time champion knew he had a chance at the start and pushed his rival with everything. The Dutchman, who had led free practice 2 and 3 at Paul Ricard, in addition to scoring his second pole position of the season, failed at the worst moment and in a scenario that leaves little room for surprises.

Hamilton tried to put dirt in the middle without success and after the first ten laps he began to complain of a lack of grip on the radio. Sainz maintained the position (5th) and Alonso gained two places at the start (7th), although the pace of the Alpine was not enough to contain the two McLarens, who overtook the Asturian.

The hard tire was confirmed as the choice. Mercedes launched an attack on Red Bull by bringing Bottas in first, but Verstappen stopped on the next lap (19), while Hamilton decided to stay on track one more. A risky decision that has gone wrong. Red Bull’s wall has compensated for Verstappen’s error at the start and the World Championship leader has regained first position in the race, with Hamilton second and Bottas ahead of ‘Checo’ Pérez.

Max’s bet

Verstappen suffered being pursued by Hamilton and has instructed his team to rectify the strategy to a stop. He has opted to stop with 20 laps to go, completely dislodging Hamilton and Mercedes and forcing them to recalculate. The Englishman has moved on and from here on Max’s pulse to cut differences has brought a plus of emotion. Bottas, who is playing the renewal, has had to do the braking work, but lap after lap, Verstappen was relentlessly approaching.

The two Ferraris suffered a lot of degradation, first weighing down Leclerc’s options and then Sainz’s as well, which Alonso overtook to place 8th in the decisive section of the race. Ahead, the McLarens remained unattainable for the Spaniard, who tried to catch up with Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) without success and finished eighth.

Final comeback

With 9 laps to go, Verstappen hunted down Bottas and launched like a missile at Hamilton. Red Bull’s ‘ax’ was double, as Sergio Pérez also overtook the Finn, powerless without tires. The culmination was missing. Three laps and Max was looking to deliver his lethal attack on Hamilton. He did it on the penultimate lap. Lewis hasn’t even had a chance to defend himself. The World Cup is still red hot, although after this victory, Verstappen strengthens his leadership.

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