Max Verstappen WINS the French Grand Prix after snatching the lead off Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap to cap a stirring fightback in a thrilling showdown between the two rivals in France
- Max Verstappen made an extra stop to pass Lewis Hamilton on fresher tyres
- The Red Bull driver’s victory extends the gap to Hamilton now to 12 points
- Sergio Perez also overtook Valtteri Bottas to take the final spot on the podium
- Hamilton took the lead at the start before Verstappen jumped him in the stops
- Mercedes opted not to pit their drivers a second time compared to Verstappen
- Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo drove well for McLaren to finish 5th and 6th
- Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and the two Aston Martins finished in the points
Max Verstappen won an exciting French Grand Prix to extend his world championship lead over Lewis Hamilton to 12 points.
The Dutchman overcame a mistake on the first corner, where he lost the lead to the Mercedes man, but was then helped by a strategic masterclass from his Red Bull team. Their quick-thinking combined with his then faultless driving to execute his third victory of the season.
He also had to contend with radio problems.
Max Verstappen extended his lead in the championship to 12 points with a brilliant victory
The Dutchman passed Hamilton on fresher tyres on the penultimate lap to take the victory
The podium was rounded out by Sergio Perez who also overtook Valtteri Bottas late on
The win was Max Verstappen’s third victory of the season to match Lewis Hamilton’s three
Verstappen, who started on pole, got cleanly off the line and bossed the situation into the first corner but then inexplicably carried too much speed through the bend and ran wide. This allowed Hamilton through.
The Brit opened up his advantage to three seconds until the first round of stops. He was jumped in the pits with the help of a great outlap by Verstappen.
The question was whether either team could get to the end without needing to change tyres again. Verstappen thought not and stopped once more. He now had to hunt down the Mercedes cars, which went to the end. He gave it all he had, passing Valtteri Bottas, then in second, with nine laps remaining.
Max Verstappen made a decent start but then ran wide to give Lewis Hamilton the lead
The Dutchman would jump the Mercedes drivers with the undercut in the first pit-stop
Verstappen decided to pit as teams struggled with the tyres during the second stint of the race
But Hamilton was five seconds up the road. He was driving brilliantly. But on the penultimate lap Verstappen passed the world champion at the chicane to take the lead – a reward for his brilliance and damning of Mercedes’ strategy.
The margin of victory over second-placed Hamilton was 2.9sec.
Perez passed Bottas to finish third and a place above the Finn.
Bottas was frustrated with his team over the radio for not pitting him twice in the race
Verstappen then had to close in and pass both Bottas and Hamilton to win the Grand Prix
Lando Norris had a stellar drive to finish in fifth ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo
The Ferrari drivers struggled for pace throughout and finished outside the points positions
Sportsmail’s Kieran Lynch provided live lap-by-lap coverage throughout the race.