Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton at the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton claimed his 65th career win on Sunday at a revived Formula 1 French Grand Prix, held at the Circuit Paul Ricard located near Marseille. It's the first time in 10 years that the French race has been held.
The Mercedes driver finished a full 7.0 seconds ahead of second-placed Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen. Third place went to Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen more than 25 seconds back.
Hamilton took full advantage of a delayed power unit upgrade to his Mercedes, having set pole position during Saturday's qualifying and then dominating things on Sunday. Not risking anything, he built up his gap with a succession of hot laps, ensuring he could comfortably maintain the lead spot after pitting, as well as at the closing stages of the race.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel made things difficult for himself as well as Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with a crash at the start of the race. Bottas was hit from the rear by Vettel, with both drivers sustaining damage to their cars. Vettel would later be handed a 5.0-second penalty.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the 2018 Formula 1 French Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
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