F1: French Grand Prix, Hamilton Wins
Sunday, MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton won the 2018 F1 French Grand Prix for Mercedes at the Circuit Paul Ricard after leading the race from lights out to the Chequered Flag.
Max Verstappen finished 2nd for Red Bull, while Kimi Raikkonen came 3rd for Ferrari (NYSE:RACE).
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel managed to finish 5th after a collision at the 1st corner saw him damage his car and incur a 5-sec time penalty.
The win means Mr. Hamilton returns to the Top of the drivers’ championship ahead of Mr. Vettel, who fell to 2nd place.
Here is a look at the full standings:
The race got off to an eventful start as Mr. Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas on the 1st corner, and both cars sustained damage although they were able to continue. Mr. Vettel was also given a penalty for his involvement in the incident.
Pierre Gasly went out on the 1st lap after he spun and took out Esteban Ocon, while Mr. Verstappen moved into 2nd from 4th with his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo behind in 3rd.
Mr. Hamilton managed to stay out of trouble and maintain his position at the front, where he began to extend his lead.
Mr. Hamilton was enjoying a comfortable out front afternoon as the action began to heat up behind him.
Mr. Raikkonen passed Mr. Ricciardo for 3rd place, while Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. suffered a late power issue that dropped him down to 6th.
Mr. Vettel managed to come home 5th, he was voted the Driver of the Day
Here are the race highlights.
It was a case of damage limitation for Mr. Vettel, but he still loses the lead of the championship to Mr. Hamilton, who is now 14 points clear.
The win is Mr. Hamilton’s 3rd of Y 2018, he is the now man to beat as the teams now turn their attentions to Austria this coming weekend.
Have a terrific week.
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