Vettel angry Hamilton happy

The key quote

“Absolutely, it’s not the way I wanted to win. I was pushing to the end to try and get past. I forced him into an error, he went wide, I had the run on that corner and we nearly collided. It’s unfortunate, but this is motor racing… I took the corner normally. When you come back on track, you’re not supposed to go straight back on racing line, you’re supposed to come back safely.”

“Physically I’m destroyed from trying to hold on to Seb. The Ferraris were so quick this weekend, so I’m grateful I was able to be there within the race.” – Lewis Hamilton quote source F1.com

The error on lap 48 of 70 at the turn 3-4 chicane was the moment Hamilton forced an error on Vettel where this would be the game changer race end. Seb was penalised 5 seconds relegating him to second place as Leclerc came in 3rd, then a long way back was Bottas (also fastest lapper).

Lance Stroll and Daniel Kvyat were the most improved on the day especially Racing Point Stroll starting 19th to finish 9th. The Renault of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg finished a good 6th and 7th even though a lap down on the leading pack. With Sainz in 11th the Renault factory were feeling happier they are achieving better results race by race.

The irony of the race was Seb Vettel arriving into Parc Ferme, then going straight to Ferrari hospitality after arguing his penalty for the last three remaining laps over the radio to his engineer. He missed the post-race interviews, finally arrived at the podium not before moving his second place board from his Scuderia Ferrari placing it in front of Lewis Hamilton’s AMG Petronas Mercedes. ‘Toys thrown from the pram’ doesn’t get you many votes for Driver of the Day Seb.

What’s next

Formula 1 hops back over the pond to France and the iconic Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille on June 21-23. The race returned to the calendar last year, and was the scene of Lewis Hamilton’s third triumph of the season. But who’ll be le roi at Le Castellet this year? Expect a fierce battle – with at least one very determined protagonist… quote source F1.com

The Results

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES701:29:07.08425
25Sebastian VettelFERRARI70+3.658s18
316Charles LeclercFERRARI70+4.696s15
477Valtteri BottasMERCEDES70+51.043s13
533Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA70+57.655s10
63Daniel RicciardoRENAULT69+1 lap8
727Nico HulkenbergRENAULT69+1 lap6
810Pierre GaslyRED BULL RACING HONDA69+1 lap4
918Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES69+1 lap2
1026Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA69+1 lap1
1155Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT69+1 lap0
1211Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES69+1 lap0
1399Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI69+1 lap0
148Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI69+1 lap0
157Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI69+1 lap0
1663George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES68+2 laps0
1720Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI68+2 laps0
1888Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES67+3 laps0
NC23Alexander AlbonSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA59DNF0
NC4Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT8DNF0

* Provisional results