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F1 leader Verstappen wins French GP ahead of rival Hamilton

Red Bull's Sergio Perez sneaked past a dejected Valtteri Bottas to take third place and strengthen Red Bull's lead in the constructors' championship.

Published: 20th June 2021 08:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2021 08:36 PM   |  A+A-

Red Bull's driver Max Verstappen celebrates with trophy on the podium at the end of the French Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul-Ricard in Le Castellet, France, on June 20, 2021.

Red Bull's driver Max Verstappen celebrates with trophy on the podium at the end of the French Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul-Ricard in Le Castellet, France, on June 20, 2021. (Photo | AFP

By PTI

FRANCE: Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen overtook Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap to win the French Grand Prix and extend his lead over his title rival to 12 points.

Verstappen used the DRS system to catch Hamilton on Lap 52 and pass him on the inside before zooming off to clinch his third win of the season and 13th of his career.

A bonus point for the fastest lap made it a great day for Red Bull, which had never beaten Mercedes on the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.

Verstappen has 131 points to Hamilton's 119 after seven races.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez sneaked past a dejected Valtteri Bottas to take third place and strengthen Red Bull's lead in the constructors' championship.

Verstappen took an impressive pole position ahead of Hamilton and his teammate Bottas.

Verstappen got away cleanly, but then made a basic error cutting the kerb on Turn 1 and gifted Hamilton the lead.

Right at the end of another exciting race, he made up for it heading into the Austrian GP in a week's time on Red Bull's home track.



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