Hamilton was initially gifted the lead on the second nook, as Verstappen overshot Flip 1 and needed to minimize contained in the apex of Flip 2. However Verstappen regained the lead when he undercut Hamilton within the pitstop sequence.
Verstappen gave up the lead as soon as extra, when he opted for a second pitstop and Hamilton stayed out. He relentlessly chased down Hamilton, passing him to take the win on the penultimate lap.
2021 F1 French Grand Prix race outcomes
How the F1 French Grand Prix unfolded
From pole place, Verstappen led Hamilton till the primary nook the place he overshot the nook, which meant he minimize the within of Flip 2, and allowed Hamilton to seize the lead. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) held third place, forward of Sergio Perez (Crimson Bull), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri).
Behind Ferrari’s seventh-placed Charles Leclerc, McLaren duo Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris handed Fernando Alonso’s Alpine on Lap 11 to run eighth and ninth. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, who handed Alonso’s team-mate Esteban Ocon early on, additionally overtook Alonso two laps later.
Ricciardo sliced previous Leclerc on Lap 14, the Ferrari then diving for the pits to change from medium tyres to hards. This undercut put him forward of Ricciardo, who himself proved the facility of the undercut by getting forward of each Sainz and Gasly.
On the entrance, Bottas pitted first on Lap 18 which triggered Verstappen (who had dropped 3s behind Hamilton) into responding on the subsequent lap. Hamilton pitted on the next tour and appeared stunned when Verstappen was in a position to cross him going into Flip 1, Crimson Bull’s crew chief taking full benefit of the undercut to retake the lead he’d misplaced within the opening seconds of the race.
Hamilton was in DRS vary of Verstappen straight after the pitstop cycle and likewise had Bottas proper behind as the highest three ran nostril to tail because the race hit half distance. Perez ran lengthy and led for just a few laps earlier than rejoining in a distant fourth.
Verstappen pitted for a second time on Lap 32, switching again to mediums. He rejoined in fourth, Perez rapidly letting him by into third, with Verstappen catching chief Hamilton by 2s per lap to start with.
Verstappen caught Bottas with 10 laps remaining, Hamilton having prolonged his result in over 4s. Verstappen handed Bottas at Signes on Lap 44, however was 5s behind Hamilton.
As Verstappen closed on Hamilton – working 3s behind with 5 laps remaining – Perez caught Bottas, passing him with 4 laps to go for the ultimate spot on the rostrum.
The battle for the win was determined within the very closing phases, Verstappen passing Hamilton on the chicane with lower than two laps remaining.
The McLarens received the battle for better of the remainder, Norris passing Ricciardo for fifth. Gasly was seventh, forward of Alonso and the 2 Aston Martins of Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, who each began on onerous tyres.
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