French Grand Prix 2018

Major Takeaways

  • Lewis HAMILTON: 1:30:11.385, Max VERSTAPPEN (+7.09) and Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (+25.888)
  • Hamilton also recording 26th different venue recording victory, which is an extension of his prevailing record.
  • Hamilton Claims that his rival Sebastian Vettel release the hook after Valtteri Bottas crash at French GP

Formally known as Formula One Pirelli Grand Prix de France 2018, this was the 8th round of Formula 1 motor race. It took place at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet France on 24th June 2018. Lewis Hamilton won French Grand Prix, whereas his championship rival Vettel clashed with Valtteri Bottas finished at fifth and turn 1. 

Hamilton made a good start to be clear the crash between Bottas and Vettel. Soon after the safety car’s five lap intervention leapt away at the restart and it was not seen again. He also made a good gap to Max Verstappen of Red Bull behind him in the 2nd place. 

Both Bottas and Vettel made it back to the pits to repair their cars. They set soft tyres, whereas Vettel made a new front wing. Botta’s car was sent back out as it has done a huge damage to the floor. After getting things right, they rejoined the pack, and then Vettel speeds up the race up to 5th by lap 20. By lap 34, Bottas was at the 6th place but got slow when it reached to lap 39. He dropped to the 8th place when Sainz had some engine issue. 

The race had many ups and downs. But the result was pretty clear. Hamilton won the race. The winning not only gives Lewis Hamilton to lead the championship with 14 points, but there was a great performance back to Mercedes just 2 weeks after Ferrari looks like a team to thrash in Canada. 

Here is the overview of the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Circuit Paul Ricard

Practice 1 (22 June 2018)- 

After two distressing performances in Canada and Monaco, Lewis Hamilton was powered by Mercedes engine with an extraordinary 1 m 32.273s. During the first laps on the Circuit Paul Ricard, Lewis Hamilton finished free practice 1 whereas the other drivers were still competing on the track. 

Practice 2 ( 22 June 2018)

In the practice 2 of the 8th round, Hamilton looks determined to get on the track to win the race. The Mercedes star makes it 2/2 on Friday by leading the timesheet by 0.704 s ahead to its closest competitor Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). 

Practice 3 ( 23 June 2018)

Carlos Sainz of Renault was 1.2 seconds behind from the Finn which was followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc. As the rain was expected for qualifying day and race, teams were all set with wet-weather type and secured their cars in the garage. Only 15 drivers set a lap team and the fastest was coming from Valtteri Bottas Mercedes. 

Qualifying (23rd June)

The first qualifying session, Hamilton came out on the team along with Valtteri Bottas, the teammate dominating on Le Castellet. 

Final Race (24 June)

Lewis Hamilton was back after showing his brilliance in the qualifying round. He crosses the line 7 seconds before Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Hamilton took full advantage of converting pole position into a victory coming back to French Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel, the chief has made things hard for him. 

Other positions were:

  • Fourth Position- Daniel Ricciardo
  • Fifth Position – Sebastian Vettel
  • Sixth position- Kevin Magnussen
  • Seventh Position- Valtteri Bottas
  • Eighth Position- Carlos Sainz
  • Ninth position- Nico Hulkenberg
  • Tenth position- Charles Leclerc