Hamilton, Hülkenberg, Leclerc… Those who won the most and lost the most during the triple-header

The first triple-header of the season, the Spain-Austria-Great Britain sequence allowed some to reveal themselves while others stood still. So who are the big winners?

Published on 10/07/2024 à 15:03

Gonzalo Forbes

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Hamilton, Hülkenberg, Leclerc… Those who won the most and lost the most during the triple-header

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Faced with the proliferation of Grands Prix and the ever-expanding calendar, triple-headers have become relatively common in F1. This year, three are even on the program for the season. The first of them has just been completed at Silverstone with the great victory of Lewis Hamilton after two and a half years of famine. Before him, George Russell and Max Verstappen triumphed in Austria and Spain respectively.

Beyond the successes, this triple-header especially saw a few surprises in the peloton. Aston Martin experienced a somewhat delicate passage, Alpine had hope but also despair. Among the pilots, Lando Norris believed in a second career victory, while Nico Hulkenberg wore Haas practically at arm's length with incredible benefits.

Verstappen, only one victory but still ahead

Used to flying over F1 since his first title in 2021, Max Verstappen has been somewhat shaken up during recent outings. In Barcelona, ​​Lando Norris took pole position and almost stole victory from him in the Red Bull Ring, before their duel ended in a collision. At Silverstone, there was also no victory but the Batavian perfectly limited the damage with a 2e place full of opportunism.

Despite the turbulence, the three-time world champion completed this trip at the top of the ranking of drivers having scored the most points. Over the three weekends, he scored 61 thanks to a victory in Spain, another in the Sprint Race in Austria coupled with the 5e Sunday position before finishing behind Lewis Hamilton in Great Britain.

Winner for the first time since Saudi Arabia 2021, the seven-time world champion places second in this list with 55 units recorded just ahead Oscar piastri and George Russell, almost tied with 43 and 42 pawns respectively.

The “big loser” of this triple-header could be Lando Norris. If the pilot McLaren got away with 40 points, the record could have been better. But the battle with Max Verstappen in Styria left its mark and the Briton was forced to retire and therefore score zero points...

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Hülkenberg continues, Leclerc slips

Behind the big names accustomed to the first places, it was good old Nico Hülkenberg who had a blast. Over the last two weekends, the German seemed to find a second wind that we no longer imagined while he is expected at Sauber-Audi at the end of the year. Haas even remained on a very bad patch with one point scored (three if we count the German's 2 in the Sprint in Miami) only between Japan and Spain, i.e. 7 Grands Prix.

First in the Austrian regions then in the English, the man who is still chasing his first podium in F1 signed two 6e consecutive places to leave with 16 units in their suitcases and above all allow Haas to distance themselves Alpine in the championship, now pushed back to 18 lengths (27 to 9).

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Nico Hûlkenberg the nice surprise of recent weeks in F1. © Eric Alonso /DPPI

For its part, Charles Leclerc experienced an ordeal. Since his victory in Monaco, the Monegasque has progressed slowly, between personal errors like in Q3 in Austria, mixed performances (14e in Great Britain) or even technical problems (abandonment in Canada). Over the last three weekends, the driver of the Team only scored 12 points, 26 fewer than his teammate Carlos Sainz in the same period of time. Far, far from his expectations.

« It's very difficult, he admitted at Silverstone. I don't really have the words... It's been four races and it's worse than a nightmare. I hope we can come back soon. It's really hard to see the positive in days like this. I just want to get back with the team, let's analyze how we make these decisions."

In the championship, Max Verstappen took the opportunity to widen the gap. Arriving in Spain with 56 lengths ahead of Charles Leclerc, the Dutchman left England with 84 over Lando Norris, the Monegasque having fallen to 3rd at 105.

Now, F1 rests this weekend before tackling the final sprint of the first part of the year in Hungary (July 19-21) and Belgium (July 26-28) and the summer break in august. A break that some are impatiently awaiting to clear their minds and start moving forward at the start of the school year in the Netherlands (August 23-25).

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

11/07/2024 at 10:59 a.m.

Quickly double-header to conclude the first part of the season in order to go on vacation... and return with new faces to Zandvoort (Antonelli, Lawson, Doohan...)?

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