Mercedes good point, Ferrari’s terrible 3 minutes

Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix on Sunday. AFP / SYLVAIN THOMAS / AFP / ERIC GAILLARD

Mercedes’ double podium, Max Verstappen’s victory, as well as Ferrari’s terrible three minutes, Pierre Guthrie’s new Black Weekend finds the highs and lows of the French Grand Prix.

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Mercedes return

Silver Arrows is back on the podium. At the beginning of the season, the two Mercedes drivers managed to get into the box. Lewis Hamilton finished second in F1’s 300th Grand Prix and hasn’t experienced such a result since the final round of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi. The Britons, who won the 187th podium, were very happy at the end of the race. The same is true for the George Russell clan. Long Fourth, the young Englishman played pranks to get rid of Sergio Perez on the last lap. The fourth podium this season. Quietly, Mercedes is 44 points behind Ferrari among the makers.

Firmly like Verstappen

27th career win in France, 7th season and 2nd consecutive win. Despite the heat wave of Le Castellet, Sunday was very calm for Max Verstappen. The Dutch, who were limited to following Charles Leclerc, the second at the start of the race, took advantage of Monaco’s error to a quiet success. He revived after two mixed races at Silverstone and Spielberg, and above all, widened the championship gap by 63 points over Leclerc.

Good points of Alpine

Despite the chaotic start after contact with Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso was 6th and Esteban Ocon was 8th, which was very good for the French team on Sunday. At his home, Alpine scored 12 points and was fourth among McLaren’s constructors.Hard to expect better for the blues

McLaren returns to the game

And two. McLaren put both drivers in the points twice in a row, with Lando Norris finishing in 7th and Daniel Ricciardo in 9th. The orange car, which has been lacking in performance for a long time, is performing better from Austria. This will have to be confirmed in Hungary next Sunday in order to consider the ceasefire more calmly.

Flop

Ferrari, three terrible minutes

Until the 18th lap of the race, the weekend was almost perfect for Ferrari. Then everything changed. On Reed, Charles Leclerc made a mistake and hit a car against the wall of Bosset. Monaco’s third retirement of the season (Spain, Azerbaijan, France) and when he was leading the race. Leclerc’s mistake drowned Ferrari completely.

From 19th, Sainz was able to return to the top 10 with tough guys, but with the retirement of his teammates, a safety car entered. The Spaniards then went to the pits to change tires, where Scaffolding lost their foothold. The Italian initially missed the Iberian stop, but anyway let him resume the track in front of his rivals. In the podium coup, the Spaniards were logically penalized for five seconds and the Reds were definitely foggy. Ferrari, who returned to fourth place with 10 laps remaining, chose his second stop, contrary to the driver’s advice. In the end, Carlos Sainz saved the day in fifth place and fastest lap, but Scuderia panicked on Sunday.

Alpha Tauri Black Hole

I’ve scored 11 points in the last eight races and four Grand Prix without points, but nothing is going well with AlphaTauri. Sunday in France did not help the problem. Yuki Tsunoda, 8th on the grid, was harpooned by Esteban Ocon on the first lap. After the first lap, the Japanese gave up immediately at the end. On his side, his home Pierre Guthrie did not actually exist in Le Castellet. Hubs finished in 14th place on the grid and unfortunately in 12th place. Another failure of AlphaTauri.


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