Hamilton sympathy for fans as French GP win looks too easy

Hamilton on ignoring Mercedes orders ‘an extra point was available

Hamilton on ignoring Mercedes orders ‘an extra point was available

Lewis Hamilton dominated the French Grand Prix to continue his best ever start to a Formula One season.

Hamilton acknowledged the all too frequent "boring" nature of modern F1, but insisted the drivers aren't to blame for a monotony that will only change he says with a fundamental review of the sport's management structure.

On a ideal afternoon, the five-time world champion extended his lead over Bottas, his closest title challenger, to 36 points.

The event came alive in the final two or three laps when Lando Norris had his problems, and when Charles Leclerc had a chance to overtake Valtteri Bottas.

Fans and media alike denounced Sunday's French Grand Prix as a lifeless snoozefest done and dusted by the first corner from which Hamilton emerged ahead never to look back and never to be challenged. "I couldn't really match his pace".

He finished a full 18 seconds in front of Bottas, with Leclerc 19 seconds back.

As things stand, the title fight is at best now a two-horse race between Hamilton and Bottas.

Can you race next time?

"If they want to they just go a lot faster".

Leclerc was happier with his third place. But Bottas did just enough to hold off Leclerc on the final lap. From 2010-13, Red Bull did the same when Vettel won his four F1 titles. He was convinced drivers have to be more involved.

The Briton's vehicle developed a hydraulic problem during the second half of the race that robbed him the use of the DRS before affecting the differential and power steering.

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Driver of the day Not an easy choice, this, after such a tedious afternoon, and Norris won the fans' vote.

Despite practice and qualifying suggesting a close battle between the Mercedes teammates could have been in the offing for the race, the Briton was peerless from lights out, acing his getaway and immediately building a buffer to the second-placed Bottas to escape DRS range.

Ferrari endured arguably their worst weekend of the season so far in France. Michael Schumacher has the most victories in France, with a staggering eight.

The five-time world champion said: "I have been racing a long time and this never gets old (standing on the winner's podium)".

"We are creating history together and so proud to be part of this team".

"I am hyped, it's a attractive day in the south of France but it is sweaty". It wasn't easy; there's always things happening in the vehicle, everything is on the edge and you have to look after the auto.

"I gave it everything". In the last two laps, I was getting quite close.

"This weekend, the biggest aim was to close the gap as much as possible and we failed. Hopefully we can try again, and the track layout in Austria next week will go our way".

"The track here is very hot, and the more grip you have, the more you can look after your tyres and that seems to be favouring Mercedes more than us". He couldn't catch up with Verstappen, though, with the Red Bull driver eventually crossing the line in fourth place and Vettel and rounding out the top five.

Ferrari's request for the penalty to be overruled was turned down flat on Friday.

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