The Dutchman won again in France
Max Verstappen recorded another victory in Formula 1′s French GP on Sunday in which the mistakes of others meant that all he had to do was get his Red Bull to the end of the race.
Just like in Spain and Azerbaijan, a race that he seemed second best in became another victory thanks to the misfortune of Ferrari and Charles Leclerc.
The Dutchman is now sitting pretty atop the Drivers Championship with a 63-point lead over Leclerc.
El podio del GP de Francia SEBASTIEN NOGIER | EFE
Since his difficult start to the season with reliability issues, Verstappen has been extremely consistent and he looks set to be the World Champion for a second consecutive season even though there are still 10 races to go.
Lewis Hamilton fell out of the fight at the very beginning, and Ferrari, being the fastest car (Leclerc having seven poles) are unable to turn their pace into victories.
In France, Verstappen tried an undercut because at pure speed he couldn’t keep up with Leclerc. And there waiting came the gift. Leclerc had lost control of his Ferrari and crashed into the barrier, putting Verstappen into P1.
“Of course, the advantage we have is excellent, but it’s probably a little bit bigger than it should have been, when you look at the performances of the cars,” acknowledged Verstappen after the race.
“It’s a big advantage, but a lot can happen,” insists the driver, although his boss Christian Horner is even more enthusiastic: “The situation is beyond my wildest expectations.”