2019 French Grand Prix, Sunday - LAT Images

Lewis Hamilton celebrated one of his most impressive victories in Le Castellet. Daniel Ricciardo lost all points after double penalty. All information about the race here:

Mercedes Dominates the Race

Even Lewis Hamilton was embarrassed by the boredom in Formula 1.

“You should put the pressure on the people that are at the head, that should be doing the job.
“I think they are trying to. But for many, many years they’ve made bad decisions.”

Hamilton won the race ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas – with no real threat from the rest of the field.

Charles Leclerc was able to chase Valtteri Bottas to the very end, but overtaking wasn’t realistic. The Finn struggled with tire problems.

One thing is certain, Mercedes will go down in history for dominating 2019. It celebrated its 50th double victory in Formula 1 on Sunday and already the sixth this season.

For Hamilton, it was the 79th GP triumph, also the sixth of the year and also the sixth out of the last seven races.

But it is this strangling dominance that makes Formula 1 so boring this year. Hamilton, however, rejected any blame:

He said he understood why people are frustrated and feel F1 as “boring” but urged them not to “point the finger at the drivers”.

“We don’t write the rules,” he said. “We have nothing to do with the money shift [between the teams] and all that stuff.

He also referred to Pirelli as he didn’t know who decided the tire specification for this season. It seemed that he actively tried to practice damage control:

“I have the confidence that it can be better. That’s why I went to Paris last week to get involved. It was discussed to make the cars heavier (2021) That’s not the way to go.”

Also Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas summarized the race as boring:

“In my view, not much happened.”

The Rest of the Field

Charles Leclerc came in third ahead of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel. The German changed to soft tires to secure a point for the fastest lap.

Only the last laps we were able to see some action. First Alex Albon cleared a post and caused a virtual safety car phase. Then in the final lap, four drivers in the mid-field gave it all in the fight for more points:

Lando Norris fought with a power steering issue in his McLaren. Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo saw an opportunity and overtook the Briton, but ran off the track and returned while pushing Norris off-tracks.

The lucky winners of the whole incident were Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and Nico Hulkenberg (Renault). For the fans, the McLaren rookie was still the driver of the day.

Meanwhile, the race director initiated an investigation against Ricciardo – and it had consequences. He got 5-second penalties for both for the action against Norris, as well as for his next overtaking maneuver against Raikkonen.

The final result for him – dropping out of the top ten! Ricciardo’s reaction was more than understandable: “F *** them all!” A little later, he followed up on Twitter:

French GP 2019 Results

POSDRIVERCARLAPSGAP
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes531h24m31.198s
2Valtteri BottasMercedes5318.056s
3Charles LeclercFerrari5318.985s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda5334.905s
5Sebastian VettelFerrari531m02.796s
6Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren/Renault531m35.462s
7Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo/Ferrari521 Lap
8Nico HulkenbergRenault521 Lap
9Lando NorrisMcLaren/Renault521 Lap
10Pierre GaslyRed Bull/Honda521 Lap
11Daniel RicciardoRenault521 Lap
12Sergio PerezRacing Point/Mercedes521 Lap
13Lance StrollRacing Point/Mercedes521 Lap
14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Honda521 Lap
15Alexander AlbonToro Rosso/Honda521 Lap
16Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo/Ferrari521 Lap
17Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari521 Lap
18Robert KubicaWilliams/Mercedes512 Laps
19George RussellWilliams/Mercedes512 Laps
Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari44Withdrew

Drivers’ standings

POSDRIVERPOINTS
1Lewis Hamilton187
2Valtteri Bottas151
3Sebastian Vettel111
4Max Verstappen100
5Charles Leclerc87
6Pierre Gasly37
7Carlos Sainz Jr.26
8Kimi Raikkonen19
9Daniel Ricciardo16
10Nico Hulkenberg16
11Kevin Magnussen14
12Lando Norris14
13Sergio Perez13
14Daniil Kvyat10
15Alexander Albon7
16Lance Stroll6
17Romain Grosjean2
18Antonio Giovinazzi0
19George Russell0
20Robert Kubica0

Constructors’ standings

POSCONSTRUCTORPOINTS
1Mercedes338
2Ferrari198
3Red Bull/Honda137
4McLaren/Renault40
5Renault32
6Racing Point/Mercedes19
7Alfa Romeo/Ferrari19
8Toro Rosso/Honda17
9Haas/Ferrari16
10Williams/Mercedes0

Saturday Qualifying

Hamilton beats Bottas to pole. Sebastian Vettel only seventh.

We all expected it. Mercedes, once again, occupied the front row. This time at the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet. On Sunday, Lewis Hamilton will start the race on pole (his 86th). He was 0.866 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc qualified third ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Surprisingly, the McLaren-Renault Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz ranked fifth and sixth.

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), however, was only seventh with almost a second behind his teammate Leclerc. German TV RTL expert Christian Danner: “That’s a disaster.”

Background: Vettel had only one try for his best lap. The first outing in Q3, he reported a switching problem (“missed upshift”), is also seen in a crossbar. Apparently, this has hindered him for his second run.

In general, the qualifying was a disappointment for Ferrari. Already in Q2 there were discrepancies: Leclerc asked his race engineer if Vettel could drive faster in front of him. German’s answer: “How big should the gap be? I will not try to kill. “

The German Nico Hülkenberg didn’t make it to the last qualifying session at his home race for the French Renault team. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo came in eighth.

Last as usual both Williams and George Russell ahead of Robert Kubica. Even local driver Romain Grosjean came in only 17.

Q2: Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat didn’t make it into Q2. However, after replacing the turbocharger and the heat-electric machine, it has to go further back, just like George Russell after replacing his battery and control unit …

2019 French Grand Prix, Friday
Credit: Mercedes

Provisional starting grid

POSDRIVERCARTIMEGAP
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m28.319s
2Valtteri BottasMercedes1m28.605s0.286s
3Charles LeclercFerrari1m28.965s0.646s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda1m29.409s1.090s
5Lando NorrisMcLaren/Renault1m29.418s1.099s
6Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren/Renault1m29.522s1.203s
7Sebastian VettelFerrari1m29.799s1.480s
8Daniel RicciardoRenault1m29.918s1.599s
9Pierre GaslyRed Bull/Honda1m30.184s1.865s
10Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo/Ferrari1m33.420s5.101s
11Alexander AlbonToro Rosso/Honda1m30.461s2.142s
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo/Ferrari1m30.533s2.214s
13Nico HulkenbergRenault1m30.544s2.225s
14Sergio PerezRacing Point/Mercedes1m30.738s2.419s
15Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m31.440s3.121s
16Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m31.626s3.307s
17Lance StrollRacing Point/Mercedes1m31.726s3.407s
18George RussellWilliams/Mercedes1m32.789s4.470s
19Robert KubicaWilliams/Mercedes1m33.205s4.886s
20Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Honda1m31.564s3.245s

*This article was first published in German at autobild.de/motorsport.

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