Formula 1: Max Verstappen overcomes Lewis Hamilton to extend championship lead


Max Verstappen has extended his championship lead after overcoming Lewis Hamilton in another nail-biting F1 duel at the French GP, superbly passing his title rival on the penultimate lap of the Paul Ricard race.

On an afternoon that was eventually dictated by team strategy with the Red Bull and Mercedes cars evenly matched on track, Verstappen used his fresh tyres after his second stop to charge up behind a one-stopping Hamilton in the closing stages and pounced on his prey on Lap 52 of 53.

Verstappen swept past a struggling Hamilton on the main DRS straight, with the F1 2021 season continuing to serve up decisive wheel-to-wheel battles between its star drivers.

Verstappen, who recovered from a lead-losing mistake at Turn One after starting from pole, now leads the F1 championship by 12 points from Hamilton.