Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Hamilton wins French Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two

Hamilton wins French Grand Prix in Mercedes one-two

Charles Leclerc took third place in his homeland and his Ferrari colleague Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in fifth behind Max Verstappen after starting back in seventh spot. It remains a highly unlikely feat but, if Hamilton wins the remaining 13 races this season, he will break Michael Schumacher's record of 91 F1 wins.

Hamilton was in control from the start, after converting pole position into a lead at the first corner.

After the leading cars had pitted Hamilton had pulled clear by 12 seconds reeling off fastest laps.

Bottas, who made a poor start from second on the grid, finished in second place. So realistically it's down to the revitalised Valtteri Bottas to take the fight to Hamilton.

"It's been a really good weekend", said the Briton after the race.

Can you race next time?

While Mercedes celebrated their 50th one-two finish, fans around the world could be excused for stifling their yawns after a race that staked a solid claim for most boring of the year.

Heading into this weekend's race, Hamilton has a 29-point lead in the standings from Valtteri Bottas, with Vettel a further 33 back.

The Ferrari closed in on Bottas in the final laps as the Finn battled tyre blisters, which also affected Hamilton.

By the end, Bottas was relieved Leclerc ran out of time.

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On Lap 6, Vettel finally passed Norris for sixth. At one point, the four-time champion was told to go to "Plan F", with Plan A a distant memory for the struggling Scuderia right now.

The Briton's vehicle developed a hydraulic problem during the second half of the race that robbed him the use of the DRS before affecting the differential and power steering.

Driver of the day Not an easy choice, this, after such a tedious afternoon, and Norris won the fans' vote.

If the outcome looked inevitable, it seemed so to Leclerc as well.

Ferrari have been no match for Hamilton's Mercedes team this season, and have endured arguably their worst weekend of the season in France.

Hamilton has won twice in France now. "Unfortunately, our parts did not work as we expected". I am hot. It is a lovely day and the track is awesome and there is some technical areas. It wasn't easy; there's always things happening in the auto, everything is on the edge and you have to look after the vehicle.

"Today is the best we could have done".

"It's always such a challenge out there, and I just love trying to find the edge, bridging the gap and being on top of the machine". The undercut - pitting earlier than the vehicle in front to gain a pace advantage on fresh tyres - will be the most effective way to move through the field as the hard tyre, which will be used for the second stint in the race, was working well in Friday practice.

But the prospects of a real title bid have faltered since Baku, with Hamilton winning four races in a row and six of the last seven. But the 53 laps of racing will be forgotten in a hurry. "Hopefully we can try again, and the track layout in Austria next week will go our way".

Ferrari's request for the penalty to be overruled was turned down flat on Friday. In a BBC Sport poll, 82% of users said Vettel's penalty should not be overturned "Lewis, do you mind wearing. actually don't worry about it".

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