F1 French GP: Hamilton dominates, Mercedes seal another 1-2

In what has become a familiar headline, Lewis Hamilton stomps to victory in Circuit De Paul Ricard for his 7th win of the season. Mercedes seal another 1-2 with their dominating performance. Charles Leclerc gave a small scare to Bottas at the end but it wasn’t enough. There wasn’t much action at the front which has been a continuous disappointment this season.

There seems to be no end to Mercedes domination, helped by the fact that Ferrari’s upgrades push them back more often rather than forward. Red Bull appeared to be struggling at this circuit for grip which is contrary to the nature. Max did well to finish fourth while teammate Gasly had another dismal outing. He will be under serious pressure in the coming weeks.

In the midfield however, there was a lot of close battles. Renault-RedBull rivalry had another chapter written when Daniel Riccardo overtook Pierre Gasly after the first stops and kept him at bay for the rest of the race. Hulkenburg sat behind Kimi Raikkonen’s gearbox for most of the race, unable to pass due to Alfa’s Ferrari engine superior straight line speed. Kimi had a good race finishing 7th eventually after 10 sec penalty was handed to Daniel for leaving the track and gaining advantage on the last lap. Daniel in a bid to overtake struggling Norris, went all four wheels wide and after rejoining overtook Raikkonen, again after going off track. Pretty slam dunk penalty if you ask me.

McLaren were the news of the weekend, showing very good speed. They were up there with the Red Bulls. Both Sainz and Norris got the best out of the car which resulted in a great weekend for them. Things look promising for them and we hope they could be closer at the top by season end.

Next race in Austria has shorter lap times, where Ferrari could put up a challenge. Let’s hope they do. Midfield will be chaotic as ever, which si why it is the saving grace of this rather predictable season. See you next weekend.

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