Race Notes

Lewis Hamilton wins the French Grand Prix!

Lewis Hamilton took his third win of the 2018 season and 44th for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, to regain the lead of the Drivers’ Championship.

After an incident at the start of the race, Valtteri Bottas did a great job fighting his way through the field to bring the car home in P7 at the chequered flag to get more valuable points for the team.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (237 points) retains a 23-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship despite a strong performance from closest rivals Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton (145 points) now has a 13 point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship with Valtteri Bottas (92 points) in P4 overall.

Both Lewis and Valtteri started the race on the Supersoft tyre which Lewis stayed on until Lap 33 where he pitted for the Soft tyre. Lewis made the tyre last until the end of the race despite searing track temperatures of 40℃.

Due to the incident on Lap 1 Valtteri pitted in to switch to the Soft tyre which he was on until Lap 39 where he switched back to the Supersofts until the chequered flag. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport clocked the fourth fastest Total Pit Lane time overall with a 24.3s stop from entry to exit.

Despite the collisions at the start and a puncture towards the end of the race for Lance Stroll, it was a relatively incident-free French Grand Prix. The Safety Car appeared for five laps from Laps 1-5 after the collisions on Lap 1, then the Virtual Safety Car was deployed to round off the race after debris on track from Stroll’s puncture on Lap 52 – 53.

Despite a difficult race for Valtteri Bottas following the Lap 1 incident, the Finn got the Fastest Lap of the Race with a 1:34.225 as he worked through the pack to fight back to P7 on fresh tyres.

There were a staggering 81 overtakes, 39 with DRS, at the French Grand Prix which is testament to some fantastic overtaking moves and the nature of the high speed and twisting Paul Ricard Circuit.

Lewis Hamilton started from Pole and led every lap of the race to take what is his first win at the French Grand Prix and first for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in a 64 year hiatus.

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