Formula 1 French Grand Prix Recap

The 2019 French Grand Prix will not go down in the Formula 1 history books as a classic as Lewis Hamilton romped to victory ahead of teammate, Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

A good weekend for…

Firstly, despite some issues during the race, it was a good weekend for Hamilton who extended his lead in the championship over Bottas.

Despite issues with the car of Lando Norris, it was also a good weekend for McLaren who managed to impress throughout the weekend on their way to a double points finish with Norris finishing ninth, after penalties being awarded to other drivers, and Carlos Sainz managing to finish sixth.

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McLaren MCL34 / Carlos Sainz / ESP / McLaren F1 Team” by Artes Max is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

It was also a good weekend for Kimi Raikkonen who scored points, which he hadn’t been able to achieve for the last three race weekends prior.

A bad weekend for…

If it was a good weekend for Hamilton, it was a bad weekend for Bottas who has lost further ground to his teammate and title rival. It looked promising at points during the weekend for the Finn, but ultimately he was unable to beat Hamilton in qualifying or during the race.

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It was another difficult weekend for Haas where Romain Grosjean was forced into retirement while Kevin Magnussen was only able to finish a lowly seventeenth, as the American team left France placed ninth in the constructor standings.

What next?

There is no rest for Formula 1 as it heads straight to Austria for the next round of the 2019 season.

The 2018 edition was an eventful race with both Mercedes forced into retirement as eventually Max Verstappen won at Red Bull’s home track.

Look out for Bottas during the weekend, where the Finn has managed to claim pole position in the last two seasons in Austria of which one, in 2017, he managed to convert into a race victory.

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