Hamilton desperate at Verstappen

Max Verstappen (23) won in Le Castellet/France on the penultimate lap of the race, overtaking defending champion Lewis Hamilton (36) in a Mercedes with his Red Bull.

In 2018 and 2019, Formula 1 has so far been on track in southern France. So far, Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position and victory in the Mercedes both times. This year it’s different: Max Verstappen first grabbed first place on the grid and then succeeded.

That shows: Red Bull can also win on alleged Mercedes tracks this year. And continues to expand the championship lead ahead of the series world champion.

Also new: the French race on the Circuit Paul Ricard, often reviled as a sizeable striped parking lot, is finally exciting again after two dreary years. It is the stage for a juicy fight for the title.

Mick Schumacher (22) is penultimate in front of his teammate Nikita Mazepin (22). Sebastian Vettel (33) is ninth.

Immediately after the start, pole sitter Verstappen loses the lead because he loses control of his car at Turn 2 and has to take the emergency exit. Hamilton pulls past, now leads the field. Behind: Verstappen, Bottas, Perez.

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