By Patrick Wedes
A thirteenth Verstappen win with an AMG Mercedes splitting hairs as Perez finished in third on a clincher French Grand Prix. The pit wall had the strategies reversed if you compare the Spanish GP earlier as Bono and his team had the no 44 of Lewis Hamilton pit once letting Max Verstappen to shine on a second set of new rubber to take victory on lap 52 of 53.
The turbo-hybrid powered F1 cars delivered a good round this race with all the luck in the world going to red Bull’s Verstappen with a win and a point for the fastest lap.
Valtteri Bottas was quite vocal on his suggestion during the race that they take a two-stop plan B as he could see what was evolving behind the top two racers. Unfortunately not to be as Bottas came home in fourth well ahead the McLaren du of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo’s best round to date for 2021.
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The French faired okay in this home race with Pierre Gasly taking seventh followed and Alpine’s Alonso in eight ever so close to Ricciardo as Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was close to Alipne for the 9th spot as his team mate Lance Stroll took out the last point a mere 11 seconds behind Vettel.
This race is a significant landmark for Max Verstappen as he moved 12 points ahead of his arch rival Lewis Hamilton. The title feels close to Max Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton and Toto review the race back in the factory with specific reference to their on-track race strategy.
No doubt all of this starts on Friday, as they just need to see more clarity when the calls are made on Saturday from the pit wall for tyre choice and pit windows. Tyre pressures and tyre warmers will be a solid 2022 push-on effect they need to get it right now at this stage of the season.