Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Hamilton secures record-extending 75th pole at French GP

Hamilton secures record-extending 75th pole at French GP

"The fresher engine this weekend will be great as it will have more power than the one I used at the last race", the Briton told reporters. "Engine performance has never been a problem for us", Hamilton said. "Oh, man, that's insane". Bottas had to limp back to the pits for a new tyres.

"Year on year we didn't get it but it is great to see the success as we have so much talent in the United Kingdom and I can't get it in my mind why we haven't won more so to have the result today is a great day for the United Kingdom, hopefully I have contributed in a positive way to that today".

By lap 23, Hamilton was in command ahead of Verstappen by six seconds with Ricciardo, Raikkonen and a charging Vettel, back up to fifth, leading the chase. "I didn't have to work very hard for it but it's good to be in the podium", said Verstappen after his best finish of the season.

This resulted in a penalty for Vettel, although Bottas suffered rather more than the Ferrari driver.

Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda said the penalty for Vettel was not enough. "It's too little. Five seconds is nothing".

"When someone destroys your race through their error, and they get a tap on the hand, are allowed to come back and finish ahead of the person they took out, it does not weigh up".

"The track is growing on me as well; the more you drive it, the more you get to enjoy it".

"We're all on the edge, we're fighting for the world championships, we're not pootling around, we're out there putting our lives on the line", said Hamilton. This is old style reporting, giving you a blow-by-blow account of what happened, both in qualifying and in the race, so you have a proper record which can stay in your computer for years to come. "They should do the same to him".

Hamilton dominated the race, qualifying and Friday's practice sessions boosted by an engine upgrade that Mercedes had expected to roll out in Canada, when Hamilton finished fifth and lost his lead to race victor Vettel. "It's as simple as that - sometimes you have these days, but let's see".

Al-Hamad drove a race-winning 2012 Lotus Renault E20, which Raikkonen, then with Renault, drove to victory in Abu Dhabi in November 2012.

Valtteri Bottas topped the times to maintain Mercedes supremacy when the third and final practice for the French Grand Prix was severely curtailed by a heavy rainstorm on Saturday.

Forecasts of rain never materialised in Le Castellet, but a couple of collisions - one of which ruled home hopes Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon out of the remainder - on a dramatic first lap led to the safety vehicle being deployed.

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