Victory was seldom unsure after the Mercedes driver prevented the worst of a chaotic begin that noticed title rival Sebastian Vettel clip Valtteri Bottas. Each drivers sustained injury within the collision, forcing them to pit early them and fall to the again of the grid.
Ferrari’s Vettel, who led the motive force’s championship heading into Sunday’s race, was served a 5 second penalty however nonetheless managed to energy his method again up the sector to complete fifth.
Max Verstappen took second place within the Crimson Bull whereas Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen rounded off the rostrum locations in third forward of Daniel Ricciardo within the different Crimson Bull.
Kevin Magnussen of Haas picked up sixth place whereas Bottas, within the second Mercedes, secured seventh.
Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg completed eighth and ninth respectively within the Renaults whereas Charles Leclerc of Sauber secured tenth and the ultimate factors place.
After consecutive races that noticed comfy wins for Ricciardo in Monaco and Vettel in Montreal, F1 followers have been hoping for slightly extra unpredictability on a observe few energetic drivers could have competed on beforehand.
The Circuit Paul Ricard close to Marseille final hosted an F1 race 28 years in the past, with all French GPs between 1991 and 2008 held at Magny-Cours in central France.
And though there was a well-recognized face out in entrance because the motion received underway, with Hamilton main into flip one, the drama was unfolding within the Englishman’s rear-view mirror.
Vettel tapped Bottas, spinning the Mercedes driver and permitting Verstappen to maneuver into second.
The conflict left Vettel with a broken entrance wing whereas Bottas suffered a puncture.
Each drivers have been pressured to pit, re-entering proceedings in the back of the race. Nevertheless, the injury was restricted by the deployment of the protection automotive after Pierre Gasly spun and hit Sebastian Ocon additional again within the discipline, spreading particles throughout the observe.
When the motion re-commenced, Vettel started to the lengthy highway by way of the sector.
Hamilton, nonetheless, by no means appeared troubled. The win, his first since topping the rostrum on the Spanish Grand Prix two races in the past, and strikes him again above Vettel on the summit of the motive force’s championship standings.
Talking on the workforce radio after taking the checkered flag, Hamilton thanked his colleagues and saluted England’s soccer stars who thrashed Panama within the World Cup earlier within the day.
“I really feel very grateful, grateful for a stable weekend. My guys, I’ve been with them for six years they’re pushing the boundaries and by no means giving up,” Hamilton stated.
Verstappen, who secured his highest end of the season, stated the mayhem initially of the race ensured he simply needed to comply with Hamilton to make sure his second place end.
Vettel, in the meantime, described the collision as “my mistake” when talking with TV reporters.
“I attempted to brake early and had no room. Valtteri tried to get his place again which is truthful sufficient however I had nowhere to go. I attempted to decelerate however with that little grip that meant I had contact with Valtteri,” he continued.
Bottas noticed issues otherwise, nonetheless, telling Sky Sports activities: “We have been going side-by-side I went for the surface, left sufficient room for him, however he went vast and hit me. I received a puncture and injury to the ground, which compromised the race.”