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France

Hamilton Flies to Victory in France

Lewis Hamilton looked unbeatable as he flew to victory in the first French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard for nearly 30 years.

The start was catastrophic for the local fans as they watched a collision between Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. This meant that all hopes of home success remained with Haas driver Romain Grosjean and the Renault team. Luckily for Renault, they were able to capitalise on a Turn 1 tussle between Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.

After a brief safety car period, Hamilton began to build himself a strong lead over the pack. Meanwhile, at the back, Vettel and Bottas were pushing to make their way up the order. This was the main focus for the race.

The latter part of the race saw more upset for the home fans as Carlos Sainz informed his Renault team that he was experiencing a power failure with only five laps of the race remaining. We also had to wave goodbye to Sergio Perez, Sergey Sirotkin and Fernando Alonso.

Despite being under yellow flags in sector 2 because Sirtokin's Williams stopped on track due to a tyre blow out, Hamilton flew across the line to take his first French Grand Prix victory. Lewis' win means he is also level with Vettel, each having achieved three victories so far this season (Daniel Ricciardo is the only other victor).

 

Driver of the Day: Lewis Hamilton

Result:

1 Lewis Hamilton - 1:30:11

2 Max Verstappen

3 Kimi Raikkonen

4 Daniel Ricciardo

5 Sebastian Vettel

6 Kevin Magnussen

7 Valtteri Bottas

8 Carlos Sainz

9 Nico Hulkenberg

10 Charles Leclerc

11 Romain Grosjean

12 Stoffel Vandoorne

13 Marcus Ericsson

14 Brendon Hartley

15 Sergey Sirotkin

16 Fernando Alonso

17 Lance Stroll      DNF

18 Sergio Perez     DNF

19 Esteban Ocon   DNF

20 Pierre Gasly      DNF