Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins French Grand Prix

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins French Grand Prix

Hamilton was followed by his teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland, Vettel in third and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (both Red Bull) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Just after the run-in between Vettel and Bottas, there was further trouble when Pierre Gasly ran his Toro Rosso into the back of Esteban Ocon's Force India, knocking them both out of the race and bringing out the safety vehicle.

Al-Hamad drove a race-winning 2012 Lotus Renault E20, which Raikkonen, then with Renault, drove to victory in Abu Dhabi in November 2012.

The start was carnage, with Sebastian Vettel suffering nose damage at the first corner after an incident with Valtteri Bottas.

While talking after the race, Hamilton had a similar opinion after looking at a reply of the accident on a TV screen, "Jeez, he took him right out".

The German was dropped to 11th with a broken front wing and forced to pit at the end of the lap, while the safety auto was called out after further incidents in their wake.

Both drivers continued on, with Vettel recovering to fifth while Bottas came home seventh.

Vettel limped back to the pits to get a new nose piece while Bottas got a new tire for the one that was shredded by the nudge from the four-time former champion.

Race victor Lewis Hamilton echoed Lauda's comments.


Vettel caused chaos at the French GP after crashing into the back of Valterri Bottas as he lunged on the inside.

"The long-runs felt pretty OK, quite consistent", said Vettel.

While Hamilton was outspoken in his criticism of what he perceived as a lenient punishment for his rival, he was insistent that Vettel didn't deserve to be rebuked for the latest in an increasingly-long list of mistakes from the Ferrari driver.

The Finn clocked a best lap of the tricky Le Castellet circuit in one minute and 33.666 in the opening eight minutes before rain swept across the track. Racing resumed on lap six when Hamilton surged away ahead of Verstappen with Sainz third for Renault.

After moaning about Vettel earlier in the race, Alonso was on the radio again. "I am trying to do whatever".

"I feel very grateful, just grateful for a solid weekend", he said.

McLaren endured a hard week, in which racing director Eric Boullier had to rubbish claims they issued staff bonuses in the form of Freddo chocolate, and matters did not improve on Saturday.

"Great work guys! I'm so happy for England as well", he said over the team radio, referring to the national soccer team's 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama in Russian Federation. "It's a attractive Sunday".

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