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French GP Facts & Stats: Verstappen's first F1 hat-trick, and a special podium for Perez

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Sean Kelly
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LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and

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.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) McLaren F1 Team

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.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JUNE 20: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Alpine F1 Team prepares to drive

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.

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