The French Grand Prix, held at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Sunday saw Max Verstappen capturing his third win of the 2021 season. The Red Bull driver dominated the race from start to finish, leaving his rivals far behind. Verstappen was in control throughout the race weekend, and despite a late surge from Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton, he managed to secure the win comfortably.
The race started with Verstappen powering off the line and quickly taking the lead, while Hamilton got bogged down in a battle with Sergio Perez. The Dutchman never looked back from there, extending his lead with each passing lap. Hamilton‘s attempts to reduce the gap proved futile, and the Brit had to settle for second.
Verstappen was delighted with his performance and praised his team’s efforts in getting his car ready for the race. He said, “The whole week, we have been working really well, and everything was just spot on. The car was handling perfectly, and the pit stops were amazing. I am really happy with the result.”
Hamilton, on the other hand, lamented his poor start, which he felt cost him the race. “I didn’t get the best start, and that put me on the back foot from the beginning,” said the seven-time world champion. “Max drove fantastically well, and we didn’t have an answer for his pace today.”
The win extends Verstappen‘s lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 12 points, with Hamilton not too far behind. The next race, the Austrian Grand Prix, will provide another opportunity for Hamilton to close the gap and stamp his authority on the championship race. The Brit will be determined to bounce back and clinch a win as soon as possible.
Overall, it was an exciting race for Formula One fans, with Verstappen stamping his authority on the competition and taking a step closer to securing his maiden world championship. Hamilton‘s comeback, though not enough, showed that he is still very much in the running for championship success. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the next race to see how the season unfolds.