Lewis Hamilton makes stunning Michael Schumacher revelation after French Grand Prix win

by Steven Clarke June 26, 2018, 5:09
Lewis Hamilton makes stunning Michael Schumacher revelation after French Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton, who had started on pole position, now leads Sebastian Vettel by 14 points after eight of 21 races.

The Finn expressed his enjoyment in Formula 1 returning to France for the first time in a decade.

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.

After moaning about Vettel earlier in the race, Alonso was on the radio again.

"My mistake", he told the media. Can I get a podium?

Just after the run-in between Vettel and Bottas, there was further trouble when Pierre Gasly ran his Toro Rosso into the back of Esteban Ocon's Force India, knocking them both out of the race and bringing out the safety vehicle.

"I think I've got more downforce than everyone else, so passing on the straights won't be that easy".

Verstappen's comments were misinterpreted by some as criticism of Vettel.

"I tried to push everything in the last attempt, but looking back, I pushed too hard", accepted the Ferrari driver. Just the wrong place.

"I think what you saw in Montreal compared to Le Castellet is that marginal gains matter", he said.

"But was it intentional?" "I've only been racing here in junior formulae, so it's cool to have a Grand Prix here".

Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda, however, was not impressed with Vettel nor his penalty, angrily calling it "an enormous mistake..." Vettel would later be handed a 5.0-second penalty.

It was behind Hamilton that a race more interesting than many feared began to unfold.

"My start was very good but then I had no place to go", he said.

"Ultimately, when someone destroys your race through an error and it's kind of a tap on the hand really - they're allowed to come back and still finish ahead of that person he took out - it doesn't weigh up", added Hamilton.

McLaren's worst qualifying display of the season resulted in him starting from 16th, and he was unable to recover from a spin when Vettel overtook him as he was running last before retiring. Enforced stops dropped both drivers to the back of the field.

Pierre Gasly went out on the first lap after he spun and took out Esteban Ocon, while Verstappen moved into second from fourth with his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo behind in third. It really annoyed me and it was stupid to ask. "If the wind was the other way around, I think it would have been more hard".

Lewis Hamilton earned a comfortable victory for Mercedes at Paul Ricard, where the manufacturer introduced an updated engine it called Spec 2.1.

Vettel has been a clinical and competitive pilot so Mercedes needs to take care of Vettel who is just behind them.

The race nearly finished under a virtual safety auto, caused by Lance Stroll losing a tyre from his Williams, but the precaution was lifted with half a lap to go.


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