2018 French Grand Prix: F1 Race Results, Winner & Report

Winners French GP F1/2018 Lewis Hamilton - Max Verstappen & Kimi Raikkonen

Event: French Grand Prix
Track: Circuit Paul Ricard

Weather:  Dry  25.2ºC
Tarmac: Dry 42ºC
Wind speed: 2.5 km/h
Humidity: 46.1%

Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix from start to finish. He won his 65th F1 race win. It was the 79th race win for Mercedes and his 3rd win of the 2018 F1 season.

All cars got of the start grid clean. Sebastian Vettel who started 3rd almost passed Valtteri Bottas who started from P2 before turn 1. But then in turn 1 there was chaos. In turn 1 Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel hit the back of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. Vettel and Bottas went to the pits. Vettel to get a new nose and Bottas to get rid of his puncture.

In turn 3 both home grand prix drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon collided with their Toro Rosso and Force India car. The safety car came out because their was a lot carbon fiber debris on the track in turn 1 to 4.

After 6 laps the safety car period ended and the race was on again. Bottas and Vettel entered the track as last after their pitstop and had a busy afternoon. Both drivers passed a lot of cars the first part of the race.

Cars on track French GP F1/2018

Start of French GP F1/2018

Vettel was already on P5 when Max Verstappen pitted in lap 26 to switch from Ultrasoft to Soft tyres. He was the first of the top 5 who made his pitstop to drive to the finish. Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo came in a lap later to get his set of Soft tyres.

A few moments later it was Sergio Pérez who retired from the race with engine problems with the new Mercedes 2.1 version of the power unit.

With 10 laps to go it was Raikkonen who was pushing in his Ferrari on his Supersoft tyres to steel away the podium of Ricciardo and Red Bull. Raikkonen had better traction out of turn 6 and passed Ricciardo with DRS on the Mistral straight to the podium.

In lap 51 Williams driver Lance Stroll had a dramatic moment when his left front tyre blew up in the fastest corner of the circuit. Stroll retired his car and caused a Virtual safety car period, then Fernando Alonso also had to retire his McLaren with a broken left rear wheel.

In the last lap the VSC ended and Hamilton won the race, with Verstappen winning his 3rd podium in 4 races and Raikkonen as 3rd.

 

French F1 GP Results
FP1 2018 French
FP2 2018 French
FP3 2018 French
Qualifying 2018 French
Startgrid 2018 French

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F1 Classification 2018 French GP

PNoDriverTeamTimeLapsGridPts
144United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes01:30:11.38553
1
25
233Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull01:30:18.47553
4
18
37Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari01:30:37.27353
6
15
43Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Austria Red Bull01:30:46.12153
5
12
55Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari01:31:13.32053
3
10
620Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas01:31:30.74953
9
8
777Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes01:31:32.01753
2
6
855Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
France Renault01:31:38.56953
7
4
927Germany Nico Hülkenberg
France Renault01:31:43.37453
12
2
1016Monaco Charles Leclerc
Switzerland Sauber01:31:45.25853
8
1
118France Romain Grosjean
United States Haas01:30:22.41152
10
0
122Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
United Kingdom McLaren01:30:38.60152
17
0
139Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Switzerland Sauber01:30:58.82852
15
0
1428New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Italy Toro Rosso01:31:00.30252
20
0
1535Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin
United Kingdom Williams01:31:17.06452
18
0
1614Spain Fernando Alonso
United Kingdom McLarenLeft rear suspension50
16
0
1718Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom WilliamsLeft front tyre blew48
19
0
DNF11Mexico Sergio Pérez
India Force IndiaPower unit27
13
0
DNF31France Esteban Ocon
India Force IndiaCollision with Gasly0
11
0
DNF10France Pierre Gasly
Italy Toro RossoCollision with Ocon0
14
0

Fastest lap:  1:34.225 min by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes W09) on lap 41 @223.201 km/h
Highest speed: 343 km/h by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes W09)


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