Another Mercedes 1-2 Lewis Hamilton won pole and led all 53 laps to win his 79th F1 race at Paul Ricard over his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Charles Leclerc finished a close third for Ferrari, far ahead of Max Verstappen's Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel made a late stop for soft red Pirelli tires and got the 1-point for fastest race lap on the final lap and came home 5th. Mercedes has now won the last 10 F1 races including the final 2-races of 2018, such is their superiority.
Mercedes in class of their own Mercedes ran 1-2 in every session this weekend, such is the superiority of the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton turned a lap of 1m28.319s to take pole position for the France GP at Paul Ricard. Valtteri Bottas will line up 2nd 0.157s behind. The Ferrari of Sean Leclerc was third while his teammate Sebastian Vettel had gearbox issues and could only manage 7th quick. Max Verstappen will start 4th ahead of the two McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Can Ferrari strike back? This coming weekend, Formula 1 is back at the Circuit Paul Ricard for the second time following the reinstatement of the venue to the race calendar last year. This will be the 60th French Grand Prix, an event which has been hosted by the track outside Le Castellet on 15 previous occasions as well as by six other circuits: Magny Cours, Reims, Dijon, Rouen, Clermont-Ferrand and Le Mans.
Canadian GP Postscript - Vettel's controversial penalty
by Brian Carroccio This is normally the spot for my postscript from the previous IndyCar race. And I’ll have a Texas postscript/IndyCar midyear report sometime later this week, as I’ll be out of town the next couple of days. However, in the meantime, there was some news from the world of Formula One. And I’m going to assume I can forego the cursory background explanation regarding yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix, in which a very controversial five-second time penalty issued to Sebastian Vettel promoted Lewis Hamilton to the top step of the podium.
Hand bullshit 5-sec. penalty to Vettel Lewis Hamilton wanted a fair fight with Sebastian Vettel, and he had it. However, the Stewards wanted Hamilton to win so they handed Vettel a 5-second penalty for what most would view as a racing incident. Vettel went off into the grass on one corner and slithered back onto the track, the car's tires dirty and Vettel going along for the ride. Hamilton had to touch the brakes to avoid a collision and they carried on their battle no worse for wear.
Leclerc third Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel smashed the lap record to win pole position for the Canadian GP with a time of 1m10.240s while points leader Lewis Hamilton will lineup on the outside for Mercedes. 3rd fastest in Q2, Vettel made a big improvement to beat Hamilton by 2/10ths of a second. It was Vettel's first pole in 17 races. Charles Leclerc will start 3rd in the 2nd Ferrari, a massive 0.680s slower than his teammate.
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