Even though you've got those long straights, it's very, very hard to overtake. But of course, the FIA stuck to their original plans. Let's remember, the French fans aren't used to being stuck in traffic jams outside the high rise offices in Lower Parel in Mumbai during peak hours!
Lewis Hamilton said he was happy to contribute to a "beautiful" sporting Sunday for England by winning the French Grand Prix. So first things first, thank you, Sebastian. Would this require additional engine mileage in a season where engine utilisation needs to be most optimum? He was forced to sit out Free Practice No. 2. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 237 points followed by Ferrari with 214 points and Red Bull with 164 points. "I don't know how England would take it if we did win the World Cup".
Leclerc's brilliance continued over the 53-lap on Sunday as well. His race lasted only three corners. "It worked out ok for him but in the future it will not go so well", he said. He suggested that Red Bull will find even more performance in the upcoming races and found positives in scoring points at the team's less favoured venues - yesterday, Verstappen bemoaned a lack of front end performance in the final sector, a effect of a low drag setup. "It was a bit of carnage in the first lap".
Hamilton feels the opportunity was lost to secure a one-two finish for the team and it was unfair on Bottas who he believes has driven well all season long. "He destroyed the whole race for himself and Bottas". This error saw Vettel pick up front wing damage, while Bottas had a left rear puncture.
The incident dropped both to the back of the field after pitstops while the safety vehicle was deployed for four laps with debris scattered across the track from other accidents.
To add literal injury to insult, Bottas' auto was severely damaged during the incident, leaving the aggrieved Finn with an ill-handling Mercedes to manhandle to the chequered flag while Vettel scythed through the field before taking a second pit-stop with 10 laps remaining to slip back to fifth. The team did not reveal if he was using a revised or updated engine.
They rejoined from the back of the field to finish fifth and seventh respectively, either side of Kevin Magnussen of Haas, who was sixth.
Vettel was also given two penalty points on his superlicence. The points allowed Haas to break away from Toro Rosso. If Leclerc doesn't get a double promotion to Ferrari, chances are nearly certain that he could get Grosjean's seat at Haas. Vettel ended the race in fifth spot, behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in fourth. All this while seasoned veterans like Sergio Perez and Hulkenberg await their promotions to Ferrari, Mercedes and the likes.
Verstappen continues to clean up his act with a third podium in four races. Like always, the Williams drivers had yet another forgettable outing, but the one team that might not be able to forget the humiliation at the French Grand Prix would be Mclaren. Racing resumed on lap six when Hamilton surged away ahead of Verstappen with Sainz third for Renault.
The race began in stifling heat with air temperatures soaring over 30 degrees Celsius and the track close to 46 degrees, to which a gusting mistral wind added further challenges.
By 10 minutes-in rain was falling across the entire circuit, and the teams ordered their drivers back to the garage - with no action for another 40 minutes.
Hamilton will get a first chance to increase his lead in just a matter of days' time with the Austrian GP playing host to the second leg of F1's unprecedented triple header this weekend. Grosjean has now not scored for 12 races in a row and also collected a five second penalty.