Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lights to flag victory as Formula One returned to France for the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit on Sunday. The four time world champion who celebrated his 75th career pole position dominated the race in his Mercedes finishing the race just ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
There was a big accident on the opening lap of the race involving Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas which resulted in Vettel receiving a five second time penalty which his served during his pit-stop.
Vettel recovered from his penalty to finish the race in 5th place just behind Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Kevin Magnussen was sixth for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of Valtteri Bottas who recovered from his collision on the opening lap of the race and finished the race just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles LeClerc rounded out the top ten.
The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean finished the race in 11th place just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne while the Afla Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson ended the race in 13th place just ahead of Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Williams Martini Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin. McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso was the last driver running in 16th place.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon and team mate Sergio Perez retired from the race as did Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly. The F1 season continues next weekend with Lewis Hamilton leading the championship heading to Austria.