Max Verstappen is Mr Consistent in title fight with Lewis Hamilton, cracks are showing at Mercedes following costly strategy errors and alarm bells are ringing at Ferrari after disastrous ‘beating’… SIX things we learned from the French Grand Prix

Mercedes have made mistakes in the past but often find themselves so far ahead of the field that they have rarely had to face the consequences. ‘Lewis, this one is on us,’ James Vowles, the dejected Mercedes chief strategist, told Hamilton as he pulled into the No 2 position at the end of the race. Mercedes’ strategists were pushing for a one-stop race; without doubt, that was the team’s Plan A in France. Even a well oiled machine like this Mercedes F1 team is make mistakes. There will be those that point to Verstappen losing his grip after Turn One here before going off and giving up the lead to Hamilton. Mercedes’ strategy will get the bulk of the blame for the France faux-pas but take nothing away from Verstappen who, in the first seven races, has finished 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, DNF, and 1st. ‘Our race was a bad one, no doubt, out of the points,’ Binotto told Sky Italy. In four of the opening seven races he has finished outside of the top six.

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