LIVE – F1: new victory for Verstappen, who climbs the driver’s standings

A 5-second penalty for Leclerc

So the Monegasque was 6th, overtaken by Alonso.


No one can resist the power of Max Verstappen! Already fastest in qualifying, the world champion won Sunday’s GP, despite starting in 14th place due to his engine change penalty. A new victory, the 9th of 14 races this season, which allows him to fly to the top of the drivers’ classification!

Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz are on the podium!

43/44: new stop for Leclerc!

The Monegasque was just ahead of Alonso, who had DRS. The Spaniard returns to 5th place!

41/44: great day ahead for Alpine

Alonso and Ocon are 6th and 7th and therefore in the points.

40/44: big fight to get into the points

Albon (10th) was chased by Stroll, Norris, Zhou, Tsunoda and Ricciardo. All these drivers are grouped together in less than a second.

38/44: Great duel for the podium

George Russell is closing in on Carlos Sainz and he is only two seconds behind the Ferrari driver. Sergio Perez is still behind Verstappen.

36/44: a worry for Verstappen?

Verstappen reported gear shifting issues, but the team assured him the problem should be resolved in a lap or two. With a 13″ lead over his teammate, he could have taken it easy for the rest of the race.

35/44: nice passing from Ocon

Fantastic overtaking by Esteban Ocon, who is now 7th ahead of Gasly and Vettel! Great shot from the Frenchman!

32/44: Verstappen in the medium until the end of the race

A very quiet stop for the world champion, who is wearing a medium tire.

31/44: Hamilton takes responsibility for the battle

“My fault. I was in front of the side and he was in my blind spot. I didn’t give him enough space. I paid the price”, admitted the Briton on the microphone of Canal +.

30/44: Leclerc overtakes Ocon

The Monegasque overtook the French at the end of the straight after Radillon.

29/44: Verstappen still leading

The world champion is 23 seconds ahead of Russell and can therefore look forward to the end of the race very calmly.

26/44: the two Ferraris in the pits

And two good stops for Sainz and Leclerc, who left quickly.

We stopped Carlos Sainz without rhythm. The Spaniard left fourth on hard rubber. And Charles Leclerc followed it to start 7th with medium tires.

24/44: Albon in points

Alex Albon (Williams) is still in the points. The Thai is in 9th place, 6 seconds behind Esteban Ocon (Alpine).

23/44: Verstappen widens the temporary gap in the drivers’ standings

The Dutchman is currently a full card as he has the best lap of the race.

21/44: the two Red Bulls lead

Sergio Perez quickly overtook Carlos Sainz, who now found himself third. The two Red Bulls lead this GP.

19/44: Behind Verstappen, the battle for the podium is intense

The gaps remain between Sainz and Perez. Russell was 14 seconds off the podium, while Leclerc began debating his team’s strategy.

18/44: Verstappen holds Sainz

And he doubled it! The Dutchman is in control again. Sacred performance of the world champion, who started in 14th position.

16/44: Verstappen in the pits

It is now fitted with medium wheels, like its main rivals.

14/44: Verstappen widens the gap

The Dutchman was unstoppable and was more than three seconds ahead of Perez. Carlos Sainz completed the podium, while Leclerc’s Ferrari also made a good comeback (5th).

Among the French, Ocon was 15th and Gasly 16th.

12/44: Verstappen takes control!

The world champion complained of losing pace behind his teammate and he decided to lead the race, while Sainz stopped in the pits.

11/44: Ocon on points

Up front, Alonso held on to fifth, although Vettel behind had DRS, while Ocon was back in the points after starting at the back of the grid.

10/44: Hamilton finally joins the paddock

The Briton was drowsy after his retirement on the first lap.

9/44: Race update, with Verstappen’s spectacular comeback

1. Sainz

2. Perez

3. Verstappen

4. Russell

5. Alonso

The reigning world champion was in good form at the start of the race.

5/44: here we go again

The safety car disappeared and Sainz was still in the lead, ahead of Perez and Russell. Verstappen was 6th, while Leclerc was only 16th.

4/44: Alonso’s anger towards Hamilton

On the radio, the Spaniard strongly attacked Hamilton. He did not understand why the Briton fell so quickly in front of him after throwing him.

“What an idiot! I mean, we have a good start, but this guy can only drive and start in first gear…”

2/44: spin for Bottas, Safety Car and retirement for Hamilton!

The Alfa Romeo driver swerved, while Lewis Hamilton stopped on the side of the track. His race is over!


Excellent start from Alonso and the Mercedes, outstripping Sergio Perez’s Red Bull! Carlos Sainz remains in the lead.

But be careful, there is a problem with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who lost speed and had to go through the pits!

Let’s go to the formation lap

Drivers will travel 44 laps of the 7.004 km circuit.

On the French side, Pierre Gasly will start from the pit lane. On the other hand, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) will start in 17th place because of his penalty.

The new grid

1st line:

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari)

Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull)

2nd line:

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault)

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)

3rd line:

George Russell (GBR/Mercedes)

Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes)

4th line:

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes)

Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)

5th line:

Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes)

6th line:

Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes)

Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari)

7th line:

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo)*

Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull)*

8th line:

Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari)*

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault)*

9th line:

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes)*

Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo)*

10th line:

Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari)*

Starting from the pit lane:

Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull)*

* Eight drivers received grid start penalties for illegal engine or gearbox changes

Hello and welcome to this live F1

This is a special Grand Prix, a recovery GP after a month’s break, many drivers have changed their single-seaters, which explains why Max Verstappen was moved to 15th place on the grid. At the end of the qualifying session, we should have had a crazy 8th (!) line with Verstappen ahead of Leclerc, but since then, Tsunoda has recovered a new penalty for a illegal engine modification. He will start from the pits. As a result, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) will start 14th and 15th.

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