Verstappen wins French GP, extends lead over Hamilton

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Honda Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen finished the French Grand Prix with a win over his arch-rival, Mercedes-Benz’s Lewis Hamilton. This marks Verstappen’s 13th career win, extending his lead over Hamilton in the drivers’ title race.

The Dutchman had a good headstart leading over Hamilton at the beginning of the race. However, he lost the advantage in Turn 2 where the British racer took the lead.

Hamilton tried to build a gap, although his tires were beginning to suffer. He was out in the tracks too long and eventually lost his foothold.

The Brit pressured Verstappen for the lead but the Red Bull Racing’s lead driver resisted despite his fading tires.

Verstappen achieved a 16-second gap as he closed in and raced past Hamilton.

The Dutch racer was also able to collect the point on offer for the fastest lap thanks to his time of 1:36.4040 set just after he took on the new set of tires.

Verstappen’s win puts him at 131 points, 12 points ahead of his rival. Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing now has 215 points in the Constructors’ Championship, 37 points ahead of Mercedes.

Photo from FiA

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