Red Bull Racing breached Mercedes’s French Grand Prix fortress against the odds, breaking the title fight wide open.

Max Verstappen wins from pole with the fastest lap, but it took bold strategy and some help from his teammate to beat Lewis Hamilton to victory in France.

Featuring Julien Billiotte, F1 reporter, Auto Hebdo.

We ask Google what’s on the mind of the F1 zeitgeist. Sergio Perez is a vicious lamb. The cursed parma returns.

Host of the Strategy Report Formula 1 show and FIA-accredited journalist Michael Lamonato joined Paul Heath on Sports Drive to discuss the French Grand Prix and Max Verstappen’s win for Red Bull Racing.

The French Grand Prix delivered yet another thriller in this too-close-to-call championship fight, with Max Verstappen sensationally stripping Lewis Hamilton of the lead on the penultimate lap in a serious statement of title intent.

Max Verstappen has pulled off a masterful strategy to pass Lewis Hamilton for victory with two laps to go in a nail-biting French Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen overcame Lewis Hamilton to take victory in the French Grand Prix with a late charge from fourth to extend his championship lead.

The Dutchman passed Hamilton for the win on the penultimate lap, the fifth change of the lead in the race, after an inspired gamble on a second tire change gave the Red Bull Racing driver almost 20 seconds to make up on the Briton’s Mercedes with 20 laps to run.

It was a replay in reverse of the Spanish Grand Prix, where Mercedes had played a similar blinder against Red Bull Racing to secure victory.

Continue reading on RACER

Max Verstappen snatched pole from Lewis Hamilton for the French Grand Prix, and regardless of its effect on this weekend’s race, it’s an important marker in the championship fight.

Max Verstappen has claimed pole position while Lewis Hamilton has struggled with his car at the French Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen will head the French Grand Prix grid after beating Lewis Hamilton in a duel for pole position.

The Dutchman started the qualifying hour as the form man after final practice, but Hamilton’s mechanics were busy making changes to the Briton’s Mercedes as the session began to cure its uneasiness on the soft tire.

After the pair’s first laps in Q3 Verstappen led the way, his advantage a seemingly unimpeachable 0.4s. Hamilton, however, had more than that up his sleeve for his second lap and improved enough to pinch what would have been provisional pole — only for the Red Bull Racing driver to find an extra 0.3s with his only own attempt and seal the deal.

Continue reading on RACER

Max Verstappen narrowly bested Valtteri Bottas for the fastest time of an intriguing second practice for the French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard, despite the two drivers using different tire compounds.

Verstappen came through late with a lap on the soft tire to top Bottas by just 0.008s, but neither Bottas nor Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton could keep the grippiest compound alive for long enough to set a contending time.

Bottas’s best effort was instead set on the medium compound — his best on the soft was more than 0.3s off the pace — while Hamilton was 0.253s adrift on the qualifying rubber.

Continue reading on RACER

Valtteri Bottas opened the French Grand Prix with the fastest time of first practice, but his Mercedes team was fuming about high curbs damaging his car.

Bottas had a 0.335s advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton, but he was an early victim of the aggressive curbs dotted around the track, incurring damage to his front wing and requiring his first spare to be fitted just minutes into the session.

Circuit Paul Ricard has had a series of narrow, tall “baguette” curbs installed just beyond the regular red and white strips to deter drivers from running wide over the track’s vast expanses of asphalt, but they proved to be car destroyers based on the first hour of running.

Continue reading on RACER

We stalk Jost Capito on LinkedIn and talk about the Big D of 2015, which is not a Manscaped reference and will make more sense later. We accidentally have a genuinely good idea.

Daniel Ricciardo in his Renault
Daniel Ricciardo has blamed the Circuit Paul Ricard and modern aerodynamics for F1's current malaise.
Nothing happened at the weekend. You know it. We know it. Everyone knows it. Let's just call it a non-championship round.
There is no other driver operating on the same level as Lewis Hamilton today. While the Briton has earned the benefit of a class-leading car and is obviously immensely naturally talented, it’s his insatiable desire to be the best — surely the point of any elite competition — that is setting him apart from his undoubtedly fast rivals.
The French Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features freelance motorsport journalist Matt Clayton.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates at the 2019 French Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton dominated the French Grand Prix to extend his championship lead to 36 points.