Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton prolonged his lead within the championship with one other win within the 2019 French Grand Prix. The British driver began on pole and completely dominated the race on the Paul Ricard circuit, whereas Valtteri Bottas completed a distant second, 18.056s off his teammate. Making a comeback on the rostrum was Ferrari’s rookie driver Charles Leclerc taking third place after a disappointing few races. Hamilton now leads the championship by 36 factors over Bottas, with the French GP being yet one more 1-2 end for Mercedes this season.
Hamilton led the race from the beginning and held the lead by a margin of some seconds. Nonetheless, as the opposite drivers began to place for brand new tyres, the Briton had the chance to construct his lead. By Lap 23, Bottas, who was working second went into the pits, and was working eight seconds behind his teammate. Hamilton pitted a lap later and the driving force held on to his lead, guaranteeing they had been far forward since Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stayed out longer. The previous world champion although could not enhance his rating past fifth after beginning seventh on the grid. Nonetheless, he did bag an additional level for the quickest lap quickly after altering tyres.
Whereas the victory for Hamilton was hardly challenged, Bottas did face warmth from Leclerc who was barely tenths of a second behind on the chequered flag. Leclerc too needed to fend off assaults from Purple Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen on the final lap after the 2 drivers ran side-by-side into Flip three. Nonetheless, Leclerc edged clear quickly after whereas Verstappen misplaced tempo and focused on maintaining Vettel at bay.
Ending behind Vettel was Carlos Sainz Jr of McLaren in sixth place, as he handed teammate Lando Norris on the opening lap to take fifth. Norris ran behind his teammate within the early levels however quickly began dealing with issues along with his automobile’s hydraulics, brakes and steering that received worse because the race progressed. He dropped to seventh by the final lap, however couldn’t maintain tempo with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo and Nico Hulkenberg of Renault passing him.
Norris ultimately settled for 10th selecting up the ultimate level of the race, forward of Pierre Gasly of Purple Bull Racing, adopted by Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll of Racing Level. Torro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon completed 14th and 15th respectively, adopted by Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo and Kevin Magnussen of Haas. Williams drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica had been the ultimate finishers of the French GP.