Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 French GP

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Hamilton escaped the melee at the start when his Mercedes partner Valtteri Bottas and Vettel collided, leading to a five-lap break for the safety vehicle.

Hamilton, who cruised to a win that sent him 14 points clear of Vettel at the top of the drivers' standings, felt Vettel should have received tougher sanctions.

The 31 points that Mercedes scored at the Paul Ricard Circuit moves their season total thus far to 237 points and extends their constructors' championship lead over Scuderia Ferrari to 23 points. Five seconds is nothing.

Through the carnage scythed Max Verstappen, who cut across the run-off area to seize second place from his crashed-out rivals. Safety Car was a flawless recovery option for both Bottas and Vettel as they came back into the pits and changed to the yellow soft tires for a longer stint.

Vettel had to pit for a new front wing while Bottas suffered a puncture.

Just after the run-in between Vettel and Bottas, there was further trouble when Pierre Gasly ran his Toro Rosso into the back of Esteban Ocon's Force India, knocking them both out of the race and bringing out the safety vehicle.

"Obviously what you don't see is that I lost a lot of grip and as I said I saw it and I was aware, so the two cars running around the outside trying to get their position on me, because I was stuck but I couldn't slow down more than I did and obviously lost the auto and hit Valtteri". "In the end we had a lot of speed and managed to get on the podium".

Australia 0 Peru 2
That is the only change to the Socceroos team following their 1-1 draw with Denmark in Samara in their last game. The former Watford loanee will be looking to get on the score sheet and restore some national pride for Peru .

And while Red Bull will be firmly focusing on the race at their home track in Spielberg, F1's tyre manufacturer Pirelli have already revealed the teams' requests for Silverstone in 12 days' time.

"Ultimately I think it's the fundamental issue of the cars". "I had a good race, I enjoyed that". "He did no mistakes and the team worked flawless, so fantastic".

"I didn't have to work very hard for it but it's good to be in the podium".

His teammate, Nico Hulkenberg, scored two points in ninth and just 1.8 seconds ahead of Sauber's Charles Leclerc, who scored his fourth points-paying finish in five races.

"Obviously for Valtteri it was very bad because it affected his race and he had nothing to do with it, so I went to him after the race [to talk to him]".

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