2019 French Grand Prix race report

2019 French Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton looking unassailable after a lights-to-flag victory at the 2019 Formula 1 French Grand Prix. Full race report by Mark Hughes

Race Winner
Country
France
Circuit
Round
8
Laps
53
Pole
Fastest Lap
Vettel, 1m 32.740s
2019 Season
Past Results

The first lap, with derring-do and beautiful wheel-to-wheel judgement, was pretty good. The last too, as Charles Leclerc attacked Valtteri Bottas’ second place while a starring Lando Norris in a crippled car tried in vain to hold off the three attacking sharks Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Räikkönen and Nico Hülkenberg.

But the 51 laps in between lacked a certain something: racing.

What little action there was happened increasingly far behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, as he reeled off his sixth victory from eight this year. He worked hard for it in the sense that the temperatures inside the car on this scorching Mediterranean day were pretty extreme and the loads upon the body through the fast, long-duration turns are severe and even broke his seat. But no-one – neither Ferrari nor team-mate Bottas - came close to threatening his dominance.

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 24m 31.198s

25

2

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 24m 49.254s

18

3

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 24m 50.183s

15

4

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 25m 6.103s

12

5

2

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 25m 33.994s

11

6

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 26m 6.66s

8

7

5

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 24m 39.791s

6

8

5

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

1h 24m 40.351s

4

9

4

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 24m 42.192s

2

10

1

Pierre Gasly

10

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 24m 47.422s

1

11

3

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

1h 24m 48.867s

0

12

2

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 24m 52.514s

0

13

4

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 24m 54.884s

0

14

5

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 25m 7.111s

0

15

4

Alexander Albon

23

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 25m 9.506s

0

16

6

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 25m 26.721s

0

17

2

Kevin Magnussen

20

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 25m 31.792s

0

18

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 25m 4.612s

0

19

1

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 25m 13.684s

0

R

Romain Grosjean

8

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

44 laps Retired

0

T

Nicholas Latifi

40

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

0

Circuit - Paul Ricard

Country

France

Location

Le Castellet, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.63 (Miles)

Record

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari SF90), 1m32.740, 140.910 mph, F1, 2019

First Race

1970 Paul Ricard F2

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