Max Verstappen took home the French Grand Prix title after holding off Lewis Hamilton in the penultimate lap.
Sergio Perez finished in third place, with Valtteri Bottas in fourth and Lando Norris in fifth.
But this race was going to be won or lost with an intense battle between Verstappen and Hamilton, who fought in the final few laps for French Grand Prix supremacy. Verstappen won in the end, and now has 12-point lead in the championship, while his team a 37-point advantage. That decisive edge, at least at the moment, has to lead to some frustration from Hamilton’s point of view.
The win was Verstappen’s first in France, and somewhat makes up for a disappointing result his last time out in Baku. One can only go so far with a blown tire.
What is undercut F1?
Per Autosport, “The undercut effect is often used by teams as a strategic overtaking method. By pitting for fresh tires first, a driver can make use of the extra grip immediately and quickly close the gap to the car ahead.”
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In the end, the ‘Flying Dutchman’ was victorious, in part due to his undercut of Hamilton with about 20 laps remaining.
The F1 title race is heading up, as Verstappen has the edge at the moment.