Verstappen wins after defeating Hamilton

Verstappen wins after defeating Hamilton
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Red Bull rider Max Verstappen emerge victorious French Grand Prix 2021. Verstappen finished ahead after beating his closest rival, Lewis Hamilton.

In the race at the Paul Ricard Circuit, Sunday (20/6/2021), Verstappen started at the front, followed by Hamilton who took second place. They competed fiercely in the last rounds for victory in the seventh round of F1 2021.

Hamilton took the lead from Verstappen, who made a mistake at the start of widening the first corner. The Dutch rider then entered the second pit stop in the 32nd lap which ended well.

Verstappen managed to cut the distance from 18 seconds by using the new tires. Victory was secured by Verstappen after overtaking Hamilton in the second round from the end, a position he managed to hold onto until the finish line.

This is the second win Max Verstappen in this season. Previously, Verstappen emerged victorious in the series Emilia Romagna and Monaco.

With this result, Red Bull dominated the French GP F1 podium after Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, finished third. Another Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, had to settle for fourth place ahead of McLaren duo Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.

Veteran Fernando Alonso is in eighth place, behind Pierre Gasly, who drives the Alpha Tauri. While the duo Aston Martin Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll complete the top 10.

Complete Results F1 French GP

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1 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing 53 Lap
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team + 2.904s
3 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing + 8.811s
4 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team + 14.618s
5 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 1:04.032s
6 Daniel Ricciardo FROM McLaren F1 Team + 1: 15.857s
7 Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda + 1: 16.596s
8 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team + 1:17.695s
9 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team + 1:19.666s
10 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow + 1:21.946s
11 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team + 1:29.337s
12 Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda + 1 Lap
13 George Russell GBR Williams Racing + 1 Lap
14 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team + 1 Lap
15 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen + 1 Lap
16 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow + 1 Lap
17 Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen + 1 Lap
18 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing + 1 Lap
19 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team + 1 Lap
20 Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team + 1 Lap

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Mercedes opens political attack on Red Bull’s fast pit stops

Mercedes opens political attack on Red Bull’s fast pit stops

This year Mercedes and Red Bull are engaged in a fierce title battle. Both teams are evenly matched and the game may eventually be decided on the details. An important detail in which Red Bull excels is the work in the pit lane.

Max Verstappen’s team has been in top form in that area for years and leaves the competition far behind. No other team has been able to record such quick pit stops as often and as consistently as Red Bull. In recent years, that was not the deciding factor due to the relatively large difference with Mercedes, but now it has become an important weapon of the Austrian racing stable.

Meanwhile, Mercedes is doing everything it can to slow down Red Bull, while occasionally shooting itself in the pit lane this year. In conversation with RTL Helmut tells Marko that this is because the team is sitting with their buttocks squeezed. “Yes, Mercedes is nervous. You can tell by their reaction, but we are not stooping to their level.”

Mercedes has launched an attack on Red Bull’s rear wing that they believe is too flexible in recent months, after which the FIA ​​tightened its tests to measure flexibility. Marko, however, does not want to know about such games. “We continue to focus on real things. The whole rear wing story was also just a storm in a teacup.”

Meanwhile, the team of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas has opened a new attack, says Marko. According to the Red Bull advisor, Mercedes is targeting the pit stop equipment with which the team is able to carry out the super-fast pit stops. “Now they have also marked our pit stop material as illegal. That is also all hot air,” he sighs.

Marko reiterates that Red Bull does not want to lower itself to that level and continues to focus on winning races. “We are therefore concentrating on racing and we want to be optimally prepared for that. We do not concern ourselves with these peripheral matters. The uncertainty that Mercedes has shown, the psychological war they are waging, says enough. Max has had it before. said, but we let ourselves speak on the track.”

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Rinus VeeKay involved in an accident while cycling

Rinus VeeKay involved in an accident while cycling

The day after the race weekend in Detroit, where Rinus VeeKay achieved mixed results with a podium and eighteenth place, he jumped on his bike for a training trip.

During that trip he was involved in an accident, his team Ed Carpenter Racing reported on Twitter. He sustained an injury to his collarbone. It is not known whether it is broken or not.

He is being treated by IndyCar medical personnel, is in good spirits and thankfully has no other injuries. It is not yet clear whether VeeKay can participate this weekend at Road America, where the IndyCar circus will land.

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Veekay rewards strong IndyCar race with podium in Detroit

Veekay rewards strong IndyCar race with podium in Detroit

Pole position was for Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward, who will test for the Formula 1 team of McLaren in December. Rinus ‘Veekay’ van Kalmthout, for whom the Belle Isle Park street circuit is completely new, will start in twelfth place on the red, soft tires.

At the start, Veekay loses one spot to Felix Rosenqvist, but he comes in right after two laps. It’s his way, like many others, to say goodbye to the right before the rest of the race reds. In the subsequent rounds, more and more people follow suit.

At the front is a huge train of cars that don’t have the pace on red tires. It is grist to Veekay’s mill, who can join that train in the midst of the leading group, only to see everyone fall away from him one by one. Due to his early stop, he climbs up to eleventh place after all the first pit stops, but once there, he immediately goes back in for new hard tires. He falls back to sixteenth place.

At the front it is Scott Dixon who shows his muscles on his hard tires from the start. If Veekay has already made two stops, the champion is still on his first stint, as are James Hinchcliffe (hard) and Santino Ferrucci (soft). Shortly after Veekay’s second pit stop, the race is halted. Felix Rosenqvist crashes heavily when throttle sticks in heavy braking zone. When he is freed from his car, the Swede is happily conscious and approachable.

Because you are not allowed to change tires or refuel in IndyCar during a code red, we already see a lot of people coming in during the warm-up laps. That’s pure gain for Veekay, who had pulled out just before the code red. He climbs in one go from P14 to fifth place. At the actual restart, Veekay immediately outwits Simon Pagenaud. A few laps later, Takuma Sato is his next victim and he is halfway through the race on the podium, at times less than a second from race leader Will Power.

In third position he makes his last pit stop, indicating that nothing needs to be changed on his Ed Carpenter Racing car. He falls back to P8, but as he pulls away he runs over one of the wheelguns. The team will be fined. Pit stops remain a thing with that team.

When everyone has made their last stop, Veekay is ‘just’ third again. He has one lap of fresher tires, a fuel advantage and more overtake seconds left. But Will Power and former Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson before him are not the least and in the end Veekay just doesn’t manage to hook up. Instead, he has to look in the mirrors, where Sato grows bigger and bigger. Sato makes short work of the Dutchman when Veekay is terribly held up by straggler Dalton Kellett. However, blue flags do not have to be honored in America.

O’Ward also reports under Veekay’s wing, but with six laps to go Romain Grosjean crashes. Again there is a code red. When the race is restarted a few minutes later, Penske can’t get leader Power’s car to start. Veekay thus wins a spot and is again third. The new race leader is then called Ericsson. At the start, Veekay throws his car in turn one right next to and past Sato’s car: P2!

Sato is then seen, but the new pursuer of Veekay is then again called O’Ward. However, he holds the Mexican behind, as he sees Ericsson drive to his first IndyCar win ahead of him. Veekay takes second, O’Ward third. This is how Veekay keeps everyone ahead of him in the championship, moving him up to P4 in the standings. The top ten in Detroit is completed by Sato, Rahal, Ferrucci, Rossi, Dixon, Jones and Newgarden.

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Verstappen: “If you don’t do that, you might as well stop”

Verstappen: “If you don’t do that, you might as well stop”

It’s very simple: a racing car has a steering wheel and two pedals, that’s all you need to know. Of course, driving a Formula 1 car is much more complex, but the thinking behind it is quite simple, says Max Verstappen in conversation with BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“As a driver you always have to believe that you are the best. Whether I do that? Of course,” says the Dutchman resolutely. “You have to believe that you can beat anyone. If you really don’t think that’s possible, it’s better to stop. Because otherwise it won’t work.”

Who is currently the best is hotly debated almost daily. One will say Lewis Hamilton, the other Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver himself is not so concerned with that. He focuses more on other things. “We’re racing each other at the limit. That’s exactly what everyone wants to see, right?”

When asked if Verstappen and Hamilton would ever grab a beer after the race, he responds with a chuckle: “You know, we are from two different generations. But of course, off the track we get along very well.”

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Red Bull adjusts car development program Verstappen and Perez

Red Bull adjusts car development program Verstappen and Perez

Red Bull fully intends to continue development of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s RB16B as long as the world title claims remain. To this end, Verstappen recently urged the team again, to avoid a gross error of judgment.

Red Bull is flexible enough to change the program when circumstances require it. Last weekend such a circumstance made that Red Bull had to adjust its plans. Helmut Marko spoke on behalf of Red Bull about a ‘critical change’.

“The disappearance of the Singapore Grand Prix is ​​a crucial change with a view to the development of the car. After all, that circuit requires something completely different from the other circuit,” said the Austrian team advisor in conversation with Car, motor and sport.

The circuit in Singapore is a typical high downforcecircuit, similar to Monaco. The Hungaroring is too, but not as extreme as the two examples mentioned earlier: “But luckily we got the confirmation early so that we can adjust our development plan accordingly.”

Red Bull therefore estimates that they have enough time to adjust the program, but that does not alter the fact that Marko regrets that the Singapore Grand Prix has been cancelled: “That was an excellent circuit that suited the car well.” But hey, it’s no different.”

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Verstappen’s strategic options limited in Azerbaijan GP

Verstappen’s strategic options limited in Azerbaijan GP

With Pirelli’s choice to bring the softest tires to Azerbaijan this year, there was some hope that they might deviate from the traditional one-stop, all the more so as the time loss in the pit lane is limited compared to some other circuits. However, Pirelli has once again dashed that hope by stating that everyone will probably go for a one-stop.

Looking at the individual drivers’ remaining sets of tires, Pirelli seems to be right. After all, for the drivers who start in the top ten, Pirelli assumes one stint on the soft tires on which they start, and then finish the race on the hard tires. The pit stop window is quite limited. The less long life of the red tires leaves little room to drive much longer than the rest.

Polesitter Charles Leclerc as well as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have kept a new set of hard tires on hand. Hamilton even has two more, while Verstappen and Leclerc still have a set of medium tires left. However, Pirelli makes no mention of the possibility of a one-stop where you switch from soft to medium tires (see below).

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The ‘soft-hard’ strategy is therefore obvious for the top three, but in Baku there is a big ‘but’. The chance of a safety car is huge. The chance of a red flag is even life-sized. And if the race is neutralized to a greater or lesser extent and the mutual differences leave room for a ‘free’ pit stop, then the set of medium tires can suddenly be very valuable at a later stage in the race.

It is very possible that Red Bull and Ferrari have bet on that for Verstappen and Leclerc respectively. Smart, but in Monaco we saw that the drivers are all able to avoid a safety car period. And if the strategic advantage doesn’t fall in Verstappen’s way, he can always try to overtake Hamilton and Leclerc on track. In Monaco such a thing might have been almost impossible, in Azerbaijan certainly not.

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Verstappen sees opportunities during the race in Azerbaijan

Verstappen sees opportunities during the race in Azerbaijan

Unlike the race in the streets of Monaco, it is possible in Azerbaijan to overtake during the race. Max Verstappen’s third starting place on Sunday is therefore not a major disaster. However, after qualifying, the Dutchman was disappointed in conversation with, among others, RacingNews365 of the course of Saturday, because in his own words he could certainly have competed for pole.

“It was about building confidence, because it’s not easy here in Baku on the brakes. The whole qualifying, with all those red flags, didn’t make it easy for us. But yeah, the car felt good, despite the qualifying was a bit messy especially in Q3 the lap I did was pretty good but I would have liked a tow had on the way to the finish line. We were a bit slow on the straights, but so be it.”

The Dutchman never managed to make a second run in Q3 due to the red flag waved after Tsunoda’s crash. Sin, he judges himself. “I was really confident that we could definitely fight for pole position. During the weekend, but also during qualifying itself, I thought that. After I couldn’t practice my fast lap in the third practice, I had to slowly build up the speed in qualifying. That went well, but in Q3 we were unhappy”

However, third place is not the end of the world, the Red Bull driver also knows, who wants to make up for two places on Sunday. “We can fight from third place. I think we have a good race car and here in Azerbaijan it’s mainly about the tires, we have to keep them alive. That seemed to work well in the training sessions, so I’m looking forward to the race,” said Verstappen, who says he was not seriously affected by his crash in the third practice session.

“No,” he answers when asked. “Maybe in Q1 a little bit. Then you have to get a little feel for your braking points on the soft tyres, but I hadn’t used them on Saturday. However, from Q2 I just felt comfortable, so I don’t think the crash in the training has worked against me a lot.”

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Perez speaks of breakthrough: “Had the pace to go for pole”

Perez speaks of breakthrough: “Had the pace to go for pole”

Sergio Perez’s P7 is partly due to the code red at the end of Q3 which prevented him from improving his time. According to the Mexican, however, there was more to it, he says in conversation with, among others, RacingNews365.

“The Leclerc lap (polesitter, ed.) was maybe a bit too fast, but other than that we had the pace to fight for pole position. It wasn’t like in Monaco when we were really far from it. Today we really had the pace to get higher,” says Perez.

“I was doing a good lap until I locked up in turn four,” the Mexican continues. “I was a little too close to Lando (Norris, ed.) when the wind picked up and I blocked and lost my lap. But I was sure I could get a good lap out of it.”

However, chaotic Q3 meant that Perez didn’t get much further than P7, while his teammate Max Verstappen qualified in P3. “Today’s bad luck ruined our day. I think we should have been much further up front,” said Perez, who is not worried for Sunday. “It will be a long race where anything can happen.”

The fact that Perez can now keep up with the rest is because he has immersed himself more in the car. “We have analyzed a lot, weekend after weekend. It has been a long day for me, because I try to understand the differences here and there. Also my feedback and communication with the engineers are improving”

Still, the Mexican would have liked to be higher on the grid. “A lot of positive things, but I’m disappointed because we should have been at least in the top two on the front row. But we can drive a good race on Sunday.”

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Bottas no longer understands: “I can’t go faster”

Bottas no longer understands: “I can’t go faster”

Although the third qualifying session was hardly anyone to write home about, Valtteri Bottas had a very dramatic Q3. The Finn had to give his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton a tow so that he could set a faster lap.

Bottas himself was unable to set a good, timed lap. “I can’t go faster. If I try, I’ll hang in the wall,” says the Fin. “It’s a little crazy.”

However, Bottas knows how to be faster, he says, but something is not right. “I know what it feels like to be on the limit. I was on that too. But I think something is wrong, because I can’t go faster.”

Still, the Finn is hopeful for Sunday. “Something always happens here. A few years ago, for example, I was last and suddenly I was second. Things can happen and we will try to take our chance.”

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