Hamilton Wins Sunday’s French Grand Prix In Dominating Fashion, Extends Points Lead With Troubles For Bottas/Vettel

The French Grand Prix return was the best possible situation for Lewis Hamilton. Prior to this weekend’s race, Mercedes had never competed at Circuit Paul Ricard before. Despite that, they dominated the race weekend in every possible faction. The Mercedes duo combined to lead every practice session, then qualified 1-2 and nearly lead the entire race with Hamilton taking his No. 44 Mercedes to victory on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton, earned his 65th career Formula One victory and won on his 26th different track with a superb drive in France. It was his third win in the last five races with the England native now taking over the points lead heading into Austria. 

It was also the best race for his championship hopes. On Lap 1, his main rivals for the championship got into one another in the first corner. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel got into the back of Valtteri Bottas with both spinning out as a result from the contact. That caused a crash behind too with two French drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon wrecking in Turn 1 also.

Vettel, was assessed a five second penalty as both he and Bottas had to come from the back. Vettel would still finish fifth in his No. 5 Ferrari for his sixth straight top five finish while Bottas had to settle for seventh in his No. 77 Mercedes. Bottas, falls to fourth in the standings, 53 points out as Daniel Ricciardo who finished fourth passed him and moves into third in the points, 49 markers out.

None of the three main challengers for the championship against Hamilton landed on the podium as he takes a 14 point lead to next week’s race.

Max Verstappen finished runner-up in his No. 33 Red Bull Racing Renault for his second straight podium and third in the last four races. Kimi Raikkonen finished third in his No. 7 Ferrari for his first podium finish in the last four races.

French Grand Prix Results

  1. 44 Hamilton
  2. 33 Verstappen
  3.  7 Raikkonen
  4.  3 Ricciardo
  5.  5 Vettel
  6. 20 Magnussen
  7. 77 Bottas
  8. 55 Sainz
  9. 27 Hulkenberg
  10. 16 Leclerc R
  11.  8 Grosjean -1
  12.  2 Vandoorne -1
  13.  9 Ericsson -1
  14. 28 Hartley R -1
  15. 35 Sitotkin R -1
  16. 14 Alonso -1
  17. 18 Stroll OUT
  18. 11 Perez OUT
  19. 31 Ocon OUT
  20. 10 Gasly R OUT

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