In his 300th career in Formula 1 (F1), British Lewis Hamilton finished second at the French Grand Prix, where he and his Mercedes teammate, George Russell, both stood on the podium it was in for the first time in the campaign. Seventh win of the season for Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), an incident in which Mexican Sergio Pérez did not leave the podium two laps from the end and finished fourth.
The German team did not have two of its midfielders on the podium for 14 races. The last time that happened was on December 5, 2021, when Hamilton and Finn Valtteri Bottas finished first and third respectively at the Saudi Grand Prix of the previous campaign.
In addition, yesterday’s result on the Paul Ricard circuit is also the best the seven-time world champion has achieved so far this year, as the other four podiums he has added to the campaign came third at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Canada. lived after. , Great Britain and Austria.
From the first laps, Verstappen, the current monarch and leader of the Drivers’ Championship, was looking for Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), who started for the first time since securing pole position on Saturday. Verstappen pitched on lap 16 to fit a hard tyre.
Two laps later, on lap 18, Leclerc, who was by then leading, had to abandon the race after a serious accident when he crashed into the walls after a spin in a curve, a condition that caused him to leave the track. spent for.
Stunned, Leclerc was speechless at the disaster until he eventually reported another throttle issue to his team. In the end, the Monegasque driver said: “The throttle did not work! Noo!”. It was the third race of the season that Leclerc failed to finish, and Ferrari’s seventh of 12 races, just weeks after a throttle failure that cost him a win at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Already without a Prancing Horse sprinter, Verstappen finished first on French soil, surpassing British Lewis Hamilton and Mexican Sergio Pérez in second and third respectively, while Spanish Carlos Sainz Jr., Leclerc’s teammate, defeated British George. Russell left behind. (Mercedes) in fourth place.
For his part, Checo Perez lost more than a second on the first lap against Hamilton, who took protection from Drs. The man from Guadalajara received two warnings to go into turn 3.
Sainz Jr. became involved in a fight between Hamilton and Perez, who didn’t stop applying pressure. So much of the Iberian insistence paid off on lap 42 when he passed the man from Jalisco who at the time had contact with Russell, an incident which the stewards did not consider to be worthy of investigation.
However, the Ferrari driver went into the pits and returned to ninth place upon his return to the track, so Pérez Mendoza returned to third. The man from Guadalajara missed the podium on lap 51 due to an inspection against Russell after the departure of the virtual safety car, which took him to the fourth stage and, although he tried to overtake the wheel of Mercedes, it was impossible.
“They indicated that the virtual safety car had finished outside ninth, and it did not, so it ended at the entrance of fifth, and when the security car stopped, I was very close to my delta, So I couldn’t speed up, I didn’t understand what happened. I think they had a problem with the control tower and it cost us the podium, but in the end, we didn’t have much pace in the race.” A disgruntled Perez Mendoza told Fox Sports.