Jun 22, 2021 Hamilton and Bottas Secure Top 5 Finishes at 2021 French Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas captured second and fourth place at the French Grand Prix, helping the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (178 points) leave Le Castellet within striking distance of Red Bull (215 points) atop the Constructors’ Championship standings.
Hamilton’s P2 finish marked the 170th podium of his F1 career. He trails Max Verstappen by 12 points in the Driver’s Championship, with Bottas in P5.
“The Red Bulls had better straight-line speed all weekend but considering that we had such a difficult Friday, I’m really happy with this result,” said Hamilton. “Of course, we didn’t win and we had the lead but I had no tires left at the end so unfortunately we lost the position, but it was still a good race. We’ve got to find some pace, that’s for sure. Most of the time we lost today was on the straights, so we’ve got to dig deep, try and figure out where that is, and whether it’s power or drag but overall, we’ve still got a good package.”
The F1 season resumes Sunday, June 27, with drivers competing against one another at the Styrian Grand Prix. Live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.