RACE DEBRIEF

    It was a race that kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end, as we waited to see if Red Bull could make a two-stop strategy work at Paul Ricard as rivals Mercedes pitted just once. It was also a race that threw up its fair share of fascinating facts and figures…

    • Verstappen secured a hat-trick – pole position, the race win and fastest lap – for the first time in his F1 career.

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    • He passed Hamilton with less than 2 laps to go, to extend his championship lead instead of losing it.

    • Hamilton has gone without a win for 3 races for the first time since 2019.

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    • In the second Red Bull, Sergio Perez finished on the podium on the 50th anniversary of famous compatriot Pedro Rodriguez' last podium – and at the track on which Rodriguez made his last F1 start.

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    It was a good day all round for McLaren at Paul Ricard

    • Both Red Bulls were on the podium for the first time in 2021.

    • In P4, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas took his first points finish this season that was not a 3rd place.

    • Lando Norris was 5th for McLaren – his 6th top-5 finish in 7 races this year.

    • It was also McLaren’s best result at Paul Ricard since Ayrton Senna was 3rd in 1990.

    • Team mate Daniel Ricciardo finished in P6, making it the 2nd time this year, after Imola, that both McLarens have come home in the top 6.

    • With P7, AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly is now on a 6-race scoring streak – longer than everybody except Norris, who is now on 12 in a row.

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    Fernando Alonso put Alpine in the points at their home race

    • At Alpine, Fernando Alonso’s P8 gave him his 4th points finish in the last 6 races.

    • Both Aston Martins scored today – the team had never previously scored at Paul Ricard as Force India or Racing Point.

    • With Carlos Sainz their best finisher in P11, Ferrari were out of the points for the first time this season.

    • With P12, George Russell secured Williams’ best result of 2021 so far.

    • There were 0 retirements in the race for the 10th time in F1 history and for the 6th time in the turbo-hybrid era.