F1 French Grand Prix results: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas give Mercedes a 1-2 finish

Lewis Hamilton extended his points lead with the win in France on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes complete a 50th 1-2 finish for the team in Formula 1.

A fourth straight win for Lewis Hamilton, a small challenge from Charles Leclerc against Valtteri Bottas over second place on the final lap but other than that, excitement and close racing were things not associated with this race.

In a week that saw Formula 1 boss Chase Carey say that, although viewing figures were stable, the lack of excitement and the dominance of Mercedes and Hamilton were damaging the sport, another race which made even the race commentators David Croft and Martin Brundle criticise the lack of action was something F1 desperately did not need.

Hamilton continues to cruise toward a sixth F1 title. He leads teammate Valtteri Bottas by 36 points and Ferrari challenger Sebastian Vettel by a whopping 76 points in a series where a victory is worth 25 points.

Of course, criticism cannot be aimed at either Hamilton or Mercedes. Hamilton complained about his tires on the radio but won comfortably by 18 seconds in a race that saw just six cars finish on the lead lap, and Mercedes gave him the car to do it.
































Finishing a staggering quarter of a minute behind his teammate, Bottas had all the hallmarks of a broken man when facing the media after the race and Esteban Ocon, the Mercedes reserve driver, must be licking his lips at his prospects of landing the Mercedes drive for 2020, prospects that continue to appear to grow.

“(There was) not that much happening from my side,” said Bottas. “The start was the best bet for me but Lewis had a good start as well and ultimately Lewis was quicker today. I couldn’t match his pace so that’s something for me to have a look at before the next one.

“I’m very proud of the team and myself. It’s just important that we can understand today what we can do better for next time.”

In a car which was second best to Mercedes by a margin throughout the weekend, Leclerc managed to find some pace late on to cruise up onto the back of Bottas’ Mercedes. Leclerc put pressure on Bottas on the final lap, but it was not to be and, after starting third, Leclerc picked up his third career F1 podium.

“I gave it everything,” said Leclerc. “Obviously, the first run was quite OK, I felt ok with the car, but Mercedes were just too quick, and on the second stint it was just about tire management.

“I think we did a very good job on that and then towards the end I was catching Valtteri. I think he was struggling a little bit to turn his tires on again after the virtual safety car, so I saw an opportunity but unfortunately, there was not enough laps for me to try something.”

Race Results

Pos.

Driver

Constructor

Race Time

Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

 

25

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

+18.056

18

3

Charles Leclerc

Scuderia Ferrari

+18.985

15

4

Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

+34.905

12

5

Sebastian Vettel

Scuderia Ferrari

+1:02.796

10 (+1)

6

Carlos Sainz

McLaren F1 Team

+1:35.462

8

7

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault F1 Team

+1 Lap

6

8

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing

+1 Lap

4

9

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault F1 Team

+1 Lap

2

10

Lando Norris

McLaren F1 Team

+1 Lap

1

11

Pierre Gasly

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

+1 Lap

 

12

Sergio Perez

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

+1 Lap

 

13

Lance Stroll

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

+1 Lap

 

14

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

+1 Lap

 

15

Alexander Albon

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

+1 Lap

 

16

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing

+1 Lap

 

17

Kevin Magnussen

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

+1 Lap

 

18

Robert Kubica

ROKiT Williams Racing

+2 Laps

 

19

George Russell

ROKiT Williams Racing

+2 Laps

 

 

Romain Grosjean

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

DNF

 

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