The French GP held at the Paul Ricardo circuit in the south of France saw Lewis Hamilton take a straight victory on the back of his pole position, while Sebastian Vettel ‘s hard charge saw him collide with Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, forcing both drivers to pit and fight back from the rear of the pack.

The first corner melee actually extended beyond that incident as the two Frenchmen Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly found themselves knocked out of the race.

The Ferrari team used Vettel ‘s pit stop to change the nose cone and his tyres to the yellow walled soft, indicating that they were likely to run him till the end of the race. Vettel went on to fight his way up through the field, followed a couple of places behind by Bottas. He eventually found himself behind Raikkonen up in fourth behind the lead car of Hamilton and the two Red Bulls of Verstappen and Ricciardo. A new round of pit stops saw Ricciardo lose position to Raikkonen with Vettel enjoying a brief sojourn in second till he too was brought in as he was nursing the soft tyres.

Lance Stroll lost his front left tyre as it shredded and saw him in the blue and red gravel trap lining the Paul Ricardo circuit, triggering the virtual safety car towards the end of the race and leading to a potential finish under the VSC. That was opened up, allowing for some action, including Sainz dropping back with a power loss allowing Magnussen ‘ Haas and Bottas to move ahead.

The race ended with Hamilton taking a much deserved win followed by Verstappen and Raikkonen. Ricciardo hung on for fourth ahead of Vettel and they were followed by Magnussen and Bottas.

After the race Hamilton said, “When you’re constructive and criticise yourself, approach a challenge with new methods and a new-found determination, it’s a great feeling to then get the result. But it’s also disappointing for the team as we had the opportunity to take a 1-2, which is always incredible as you achieve your ultimate goal as a team. I was very comfortable with the balance this afternoon. Max had decent pace, but I could maintain the gap at around five seconds. The fresh engine put us back in line with everyone else who took a new PU in Canada and everybody in the team should be feeling happy today for the good work they have done. But there’s a long way to go and we’ll keep approaching the rest of the season like we approached today.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes213363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari189317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari146205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes132305
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing118200
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing105168
27Nico HulkenbergRenault5243
20Kevin MagnussenHaas4519
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren4417
11Sergio PerezForce India30100
55Carlos SainzRenault3054
31Esteban OconForce India2987
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso260
8Romain GrosjeanHaas2128
16Charles LeclercSauber13 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren813
9Marcus EricssonSauber50
18Lance StrollWilliams440
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso20
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams0 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Mercedes345668
Ferrari335522
Red Bull Racing223368
Renault8257
Haas Ferrari6647
Force India Mercedes59187
McLaren Renault5230
Toro Rosso Honda2853
Sauber Ferrari185
Williams Mercedes483
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Belgium26/08/2018   
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Italy02/09/2018   
Singapore16/09/2018   
Russia20/09/2018   
Japan07/10/2018   
United States21/10/2018   
Mexico28/10/2018   
Brazil11/11/2018   
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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