An unusually interesting race in France gave us a great strategic fight between Mercedes and Red Bull. The Mercedes team and their two drivers decided to make one stop in the pits, while Red Bull invited Verstappen to the pits from the leading position and relinquished the position on the track to give his driver a chance to hunt for a new set of medium tires.
Verstappen showed a fantastic ride until the end, he timed the consumption of tires and when he caught up with Hamilton two laps before the end - he passed the helpless Hamilton on the brakes. This overtaking showed that Red Bull chose the right strategy because Mercedes looked like a faster car in the course of the race so far, but they were strategically outwitted.
Bottas lost his pace completely and fell even behind Sergio Perez, thus being left without a podium. Although they were thinking of pulling him for new tires for the fastest lap, they gave up on that idea. Bottas had a more than 50-second advantage over fifth-placed Norris in those moments.
Behind Bottas were two McLaren with a great Lando Norris race, and a disastrous race had two Ferraris that were running out of their tires too fast. Still, Sainz showed more pace than Leclerc who finished in a distant 16th place.
Sainz was left without tenth place and one point four laps before the end when he was overtaken by Lance Stroll. Pierre Gasly can be happy with his race, finishing in 7th place, ahead of Alonso, Vettel, and Stroll. The new technical regulations regarding the rear wing obviously did not affect Red Bull, as it was expected according to media reports in the last month, and the effects of the new instructions on tire pressure will probably be discussed in the next few days.
Interestingly, all the drivers finished the race. This season looks very strange for now, considering that no one expected Red Bull to be the leader in this part of the season. There are still many races left and we are just at the beginning, but judging by this, Red Bull will have a chance to dethrone Mercedes after so many years, and considering what kind of drivers they have and how they drive this season, such an outcome could very easily happen.
Now it is up to Hamilton to give his maximum and show why he has been number one all these years. It was his experience that could decide the rest of the season.