Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lewis Hamilton admits French GP pole lap far from ideal

Lewis Hamilton admits French GP pole lap far from ideal

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who finished as the runner-up to Hamilton, has courted criticism this season following a number of crashes. I mean mistakes happen in life, and it happens for the best of us as you can see for today.

The four-time champion led from the start of the race, capitalizing on a collision between his teammate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel that ultimately saw his Ferrari rival finish fifth and concede a 14-point lead at the top of the standings after eight races.

The British driver has put himself into position to boost his title defense if he can continue the dominant driving he has shown in the past two days at the track just inland from the Cote d'Azur.

Despite taking pole position for the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says that there was more time to gain on his final run.

"We definitely needed it", Bottas said.

I've been struggling to get flawless laps this week -- I was catching up rung by rung, but a one-two here is great. It's too little, " Lauda told Sky Sports.

France look to continue winning run against Denmark
Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba miss out as France take on Denmark in a fierce battle to win Group C at the Luzhniki Stadium. France are very good on the counter with skilful players so we can't play the same way, we need to be strong defensively.

Vettel admitted he may have pushed too much but was happy with third place.

Lance Stroll triggered a virtual safety auto in the closing laps of the race after his front-left tyre gave up at the high-speed Signes right-hander. Although the session saw occasional light rain, it was Hamilton who went fastest in all three phases, maximising Mercedes' upgrades that they've brought to France.

Behind the top three teams, Sainz took seventh for Renault, Leclerc did well to take eighth for Sauber, Magnussen's Haas starts in ninth and Grosjean get tenth after bending his vehicle. "There is more time they can give them".

The first segment of qualifying, was unable to overcome Alonso, Hartley, Vandorn, Sirotkin and Stroll.

The luckless New Zealander will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid after being handed a heavy penalty for replacing engine parts. It will come as a relief after a mixed start to the year and a disappointing race in Canada a fortnight ago.

As the F1 Grand Prix Circus returns to France for the first time in a decade, it's Lewis Hamilton on pole after qualifying, alongside team mate Bottas.

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