Lewis Hamilton wins boring race in France

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W10. Source: Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton made good use of pole position to get off the line well and take control of the race, to lead all the laps and to win easily.

The five-time champion did not take notice of his teammate, controlling the pace throughout the race and ending 18s ahead of Valtteri Bottas. With the result, and especially the way it was built, Hamilton’s advantage in the championship becomes comfortable and virtually unreachable. Bottas will have to pull rabbits out of his top hat to challenge the Englishman again.

The podium was completed with Charles Leclerc in a discreet but efficient race. The Monegasque even attacked Bottas on the last lap of the race but had to settle for 3rd place. Verstappen and Vettel completed the top 5 without major emotions.

As on Saturday, Mclaren was the highlight of the middle pack, finishing the race with Carlos Sainz in 6th. Rookie Norris suffered from hydraulic problems in his car when 7th place seemed guaranteed, losing positions in the last laps for Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Hulkenberg, closing the race in 10th.

In a race without great emotions and highlights, the biggest disappointment was Pierre Gasly. Racing at home the Frenchman could not even score with Red Bull, without major apparent problems. His position on the team seems increasingly in danger.

Final result of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix

Cla Driver Team Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 18.056
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 18.985
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 34.905
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’02.796
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1’35.462
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1 Lap
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1 Lap
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 Lap
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1 Lap
11 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1 Lap
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 Lap
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1 Lap
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 Lap
15 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1 Lap
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1 Lap
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 Lap
18 Robert Kubica Williams 2 Laps
19 George Russell Williams 2 Laps
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