Mercedes dominate the French GP as other teams failed.

AMG Mercedes team like many drivers in this race experienced blistering of their tyres. Fortunately the place where the tyre blistered was not in a place where the tyre had to work hard in the corners. They also took it a little too complacent with a point being lost by Lewis for the fastest lap, as they expected Seb to get it who had a late pit stop leaving the box on soft rubber.

As well their comms with Valtteri will be reviewed after their information on how long the VSC would last was not communicated well enough to Valtteri that gave Leclerc a jump on him right to the end. Second place was almost third for Bottas.

Is Ferrari losing the title fight over politics? A question going around the Paddock all weekend. In this race they were fighting off the McLarens who are powered by Renault. Some Ferrari updates worked well, others not so. Why?

The Dutchman Max Verstappen partnered throttle problems all race as his team mate Pierre Gasly failed due to the wrong race strategy. These teams are top of their game, throttle we get, race strategy we don’t. Is it Honda or RB, as they prepare to be at home in Austria for the next round.

Lando Norris endured a 20 laps to go hydraulic issue affecting his brakes, gear shifting and power steering, actually losing his power steering. Imagine 300kmh plus racing a car without power steering? No thank you.

Cyril Abiteboul summed up Renault’s race where he said “with all the challenges to overtake cars on-track it is another demonstration that qualifying is the defining part of the weekend and our focus point for improvement”. Ricciardo fought Norris on the last lap only to receive a double-5 second penalty on his final race time, out of the points went the Aussie. His team mate came home okay in 8th.

Alfa Romeo was another team who with Giovinazzi had him start of the soft tyre that failed him early whereas Kimi Raikkonen started on hard compound doing well fighting the Renaults and McLarens for 7th.

Haas had their worst race ever, saving a few new parts knowing there was no need to use them saving hope for Austria.

Racing Point ran 1-stop strategies that failed them as well, anything to try to gain points was lost on Saturday let alone their race strategy.

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES531:24:31.19825
277Valtteri BottasMERCEDES53+18.056s18
316Charles LeclercFERRARI53+18.985s15
433Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA53+34.905s12
55Sebastian VettelFERRARI53+62.796s11
655Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT53+95.462s8
77Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI52+1 lap6
827Nico HulkenbergRENAULT52+1 lap4
94Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT52+1 lap2
1010Pierre GaslyRED BULL RACING HONDA52+1 lap1
113Daniel RicciardoRENAULT52+1 lap0
1211Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES52+1 lap0
1318Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES52+1 lap0
1426Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA52+1 lap0
1523Alexander AlbonSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA52+1 lap0
1699Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI52+1 lap0
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI52+1 lap0
1888Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES51+2 laps0
1963George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES51+2 laps0
NC8Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI44DNF0

Note – Vettel scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Ricciardo originally finished seventh, but received a five-second post-race time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, plus an identical penalty for failing to rejoin the track safely. Source F1.com