The British driver Lewis Hamilton won the F1 French Grand Prix in Mercedes on Sunday 23rd June, 2019 on the Castellet circuit (Var).
And another victory for Lewis Hamilton! The British driver won Sunday 23rd June 2019 the French Grand Prix F1 ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Mercedes confirming their total domination of the world championship they have won all events since the beginning of the season.
This is Hamilton’s 79th win since the start of his career and the 6th this season, compared to two at Bottas, Mercedes signing their 6th double. It allows him to increase his lead over his teammate in the provisional ranking of the world championship.
The two Mercedes drivers were ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the first four on the starting grid thus finishing in that order on arrival.
Hamilton led the race from start to finish after easily containing Bottas’ attempts to overtake him in the first place. However, he complained after the arrival of “bubbles” on his tires, hot weather and a bumpy track, noting that he knew “the best start to the season and championship” while it remains another 13 races to compete.
“Lewis is not unbeatable” just hoped for Valtteri Bottas after the race. The Finnish rider, who is still chasing a world crown, has managed to hang on to his five-time world champion teammate in the first races of the season but is now clearly stalling.
The only “event” of a little exciting race, a plot bordering the track became a walkman but was quickly picked up by a track marshal without further disrupting the course of the event.
“Mercedes too fast”
Charles Leclerc also managed to threaten Bottas struggling with his tires in the final laps of the race but without managing to exceed it.
“I am happy to be on the podium,” said the Monaco driver. “It was very tight for second place but the Mercedes were just too fast,” he added.
Hamilton even beat the lap record several times during the race but Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who came fifth, managed to make the fastest lap at the end of the race thanks to a pit stop. to put on new tires. He thus pockets the extra point awarded since this season to the fastest man on the track during the race.
An animated fight ensued between Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Lando Norris (McLaren), Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) for 7th place and finally ended to the advantage of the Australian driver. The other McLaren rider, Carlos Sainz Jr, finished 6th confirming the return of the British team’s single-seater cars powered by a Renault engine.
The Frenchman Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Honda) finished only 11th while Romain Grosjean (Haas) had to give up after an anonymous race.
The second edition of the GP of France since the return last year of this event to the calendar of the world championship of F1 took place in front of a relatively numerous public but less dense than last year. The previous edition was marked by significant traffic jams, during the three days of the Grand Prix, which did not reproduce this year.