• Mercedes driver regains world championship lead
• Red Bull’s Verstappen is second and Ferrari’s Räikkönen third
Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix, the first the country has held for 10 years, with a controlled and dominant run from pole for Mercedes. But his championship rival Sebastian Vettel made an error on the opening lap that forced him almost to the back of the field and he could manage only fifth. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo came in second and fourth respectively with Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen securing the final podium place.
Hamilton had the race in his hands from the moment he avoided contact on the first lap at turn one that cost his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished seventh, and Vettel. While they were forced into fighting back, Hamilton made the most of his position. Having started at Paul Ricard a point behind in the title race, the result means he has retaken the lead and is now 14 points in front of Vettel.
Written by Giles Richards at Circuit Paul Ricard
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/24/lewis-hamilton-wins-french-grand-prix-sebastian-vettel under the title “Lewis Hamilton wins French Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel finishes fifth”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.