Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Formula One: Hamilton wins in France to retake F1 lead

Formula One: Hamilton wins in France to retake F1 lead

"My guys, I have been with them for six years they are pushing the boundaries and never giving up", said Hamilton, who grabbed his third win this season, pulling even with Vettel. "It's something we have been working on for so long". Asked if he felt the penalty was fair, Bottas said: "Well, I lost quite a lot more than five seconds, for sure. It's really, really great to have this result". "After seven races there is no way it can have the same power as a brand new engine".

Ferrari, who now lead the drivers' championship by a single point with Vettel, will be hoping that continues in France.

"So I guess the rule is causing a collision and that's what I did because I lost the auto".

McLaren have endured another disastrous weekend, and Alonso did not get to the end.

In the early stages of the season you could not escape the headlines about Max Verstappen and the standard of his driving. "Nothing went wrong, the performance is what it is".

Vettel needed a new front wing for his Ferrari and had to work his way from the back of the pack to settle for a fifth-place finish behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the podium in third. "They must be confident". I mean mistakes happen in life, and it happens for the best of us as you can see for today. "This is a classic, iconic circuit and the French GP is very important".

Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Bottas, Carlos Sainz (Renault), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Charles Leclerc (Sauber) finished out the points.

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Raikkonen himself did little to dampen the speculation on track, lapping over a second shy of Hamilton and in excess of half a second behind Vettel. But we have a race with Ferrari.

Brendon Hartley will start Sunday's French Grand Prix from the back of the grid after being handed a 35-place penalty on Saturday for taking a range of new engine parts.

The latest specification engine had been due for introduction in Canada two weekends ago but that was postponed at short notice due to concerns about an unspecified "quality issue".

Verstappen, running "skinny" on downforce, could also be one to watch in Sunday's race with his auto set up for overtaking opportunities.

For Lewis Hamilton, victory at the French Grand Prix was all-but secured after watching his two main rivals collide at the first corner, but in the immediate aftermath, he did have some concern about the incident.

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The handful of secondary roads that led to the track - which is situated just inland from the Cote d' Azur-produced hours-long traffic jams for the tens of thousands fans eager to attend their first F1 race in France since 2008.

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