Red Bull returns to win after two rounds, as Max Verstappen grabbed his seventh seasonal win, a second in a row in France, while his teammate Sergio Perez missed out on a podium finish, having to be satisfied with P4.
Team Principal Christian Horner was pleased with the way the championship leader handled the race, at first catching up with pole sitter Charles Leclerc, then managing his tyres while on a single stop strategy.
"I think for Max, obviously after Charles's unfortunate retirement, it was a relatively straightforward race for him. Obviously, the important thing is that Charles is okay, because it looked like a nasty and heavy impact," he said post-race to MotorLAT and other media outlets.
Seeing how the tyres had behaved in the potent French heat in the previous sessions, the one stop strategy didn't appear to be as safe or as the most convenient option, but the team still decided to go for it after the first laps.
"We pulled the trigger to go with the undercut, it was the earliest that we felt was on the limit for the one stop, and the tyres behaved way better than what we were expecting going into the race, to be honest with you."
"Going into the race, we were more leaning towards the two, but, as the race unfolded, we started to move more towards the one stop, and we decided that on Lap 15, we saw a bit of track space we could drop Max into, decided to pull the trigger, by halfway around the lap he had track position.
Red bull completed successfully the undercut, and were also aided by the race leader crashing, which left Verstappen comfortably in the lead, in spite of missing out on a free pit stop under the safety car.
"From that point, it was just a matter of bringing the tyres in nicely and then, in the following lap obviously Charles crashed, so then, with the safety car everyone else had a free stop."
"We were lucky that we had just enough to be ahead of both the Mercedes, and from there he was able to control the race really well.
It wasn't as great of a race for the other side of the team, as Sergio Perez, who had been previously holding on to his starting P3, had an issue after the end of the safety car brought out after Zhou Guanyu's engine fail.
"Checo struggled a little more this weekend but the data that we had seen previously, while it was frustrating for him there was an issue with the race control with the safety car gps, because he couldn't turn it off so he had to reset."
The Mexican driver ended up being a sitting duck for George Russell, with the British driver not suffering from the same issue and easily overtaking him for a double Mercedes podium.
"I was just talking to him, he said that he wasn't getting the data delta in his car, so he was hung on his delta and I think that George either pre-emptied it but was within the delta, or the information that the two cars got was different
However, the race ended leaving Red Bull with a solid lead in both the constructors and the drivers' hampionships as we head into the last round before the summer break:
"So, we have to go explore that, but yeah it was frustrating because I think he would have had the pace to hold him off for a double podium, but nonetheless it's still, you know,important points today in both championships," he concluded.