HAMILTON WINS IN FRANCE
Lewis Hamilton looks set to go on and win his sixth world title as he won at the Circuit Paul Ricard with a dominant drive from lights out to the chequered flag. Whilst Hamilton lead there were inter-team battles and fights for points further down the field including a last lap battle for second.
Everyone was looking at the McLaren's this race after shocking pretty much everyone taking fifth and sixth on the grid - out qualifying Vettel in the much quicker Ferrari. And they managed the race well finishing the race with both cars in the points, with Sainz finishing in sixth and after dealing with a hydraulics issue Norris crossed the line in ninth after Ricciardo's penalty was applied which dropped the Renault out of the points in eleventh.
On the other hand, compared to the likes of the McLaren and Renault drivers the HAAS cars had another forgettable race with Grosjean retiring late on after complaining yet again over a perfectly legal move.
And his teammate Magnussen beating only the two Williams (which this year isn't that difficult).
Many critics (including Dr Helmut Marko) will have been looking at Pierre Gasly to see how we performs against teammate Max Verstappen in the Red Bull in what has so far been a rather underwhelming start to the Frenchman's career at Red Bull and after only finishing tenth (without Ricciardo's penalty it would have been a 'pointless' race weekend). Does Dr Marko have the patience or will we see a similar situation with Kvyat where he was dropped to Toro Rosso. If this where to happen who would be promoted - with both Albon and Kyat having stellar starts to the season.
At the death of the race we saw Valtteri Bottas slowly loosing time to Leclerc in the Ferrari and all of a sudden we had a fight for second - however it was short lived after Leclerc's twitch coming through the final corner which gifted Bottas second.
The top five for this race is as follows:
The Championship Standings (top five)
after EIGHT rounds:
1. Hamilton - 187 points
2. Bottas - 151 points (36 points gap to Hamilton)
3. Vettel - 111 points
4. Verstappen - 100 points
5. Leclerc - 87 points
The next race is the Austrian Grand Prix.