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Max Verstappen

Verstappen and Red Bull take home extra prize from the French GP

In addition to claiming victory, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen completed the fastest pit-stop during the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard.

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Max Verstappen and Red Bull claimed a bonus prize at last weekend's French Grand Prix after conducting the fastest pit-stop of the race.

When Verstappen made his one and only stop on Lap 16 of 53, he was stationary for just 2.44 seconds before being sent on his way.

Shortly afterwards, Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc crashed out of proceedings and effectively handed the race win to the Dutchman.

The next fastest stop was completed by AlphaTauri with Pierre Gasly's car at 2.53s, ahead of McLaren and Daniel Ricciardo (2.75s) in third.

What about the 2022 season as a whole?

Established in 2015, the DHL Fastest Pit-Stop Award recognises the "outstanding teamwork and performance from the unsung heroes who make a vital contribution to the drivers' success on the track".

Points are awarded at every F1 round, as per the usual system (25 down to 1), removing any repeat driver/team combinations.

After 12 races in 2022, Red Bull lead the way with 277 points to their name, with McLaren next on 249, followed by a sizeable gap back to the rest of the field.

Ferrari are third on 154 points, while Mercedes are back in eighth – behind a host of midfield teams – on 67 points.

However, Ferrari do still hold the overall fastest pit-stop time so far this season, with the team turning Leclerc around in 2.23 seconds at the Spanish GP.

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