Team Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won his sixth race out of eight this year, defending his victory in the same circuit last year.
His teammate, Valtteri Bottas took second place, earning 18 points. Whilst Team Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third in the podium, earning 15 points, maintaining at position five, and still below Team RedBull’s Max Verstappen and his teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Stars of the French Grand Prix
2007 World Champion Alfa Romeo’s Räikkönen has raised the team’s performance with an outstanding seven place, initially splitting Team Renault: Daniel Ricciardo at position seven whilst Nico Hülkenberg at position nine. However, the Australian is slapped with two five-second penalties for unsafe re-entry causing another driver, McLaren’s Norris and the Iceman, losing all points earned in today’s race and at the same time dropping him from position seven to eleven.
Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz started at position five and six respectively, proving that strategy and engine have improved since the beginning of the season. This year’s youngest driver has shown fans that he must not be underestimated.
Renault F1 team
Renault’s home race had a great start but its team front runner lost points causing a huge demotion.
Pierre Gasly and Romain Grosjean’s home race
It may be too much pressure from both Frenchman- Reason both did not perform well in front of their home crowd. A normal scenario witnessed in many home races, including last year’s British Grand Prix where then four-time champion Hamilton lost control, eventually recovered however did not win the race. Same was the case with Sebastian Vettel last year in Germany.
RedBull’s Gasly finished at position ten maintained his position from the starting grid. He remains at top six in the world championship. Whilst his fellow man, Haas F1 Team Grosjean, did not finish- he retired six laps shy of the checkered flag.
Do you agree with the penalties to the Honey Badger? What do you think of Räikkönen’s performance today?