LEWIS HAMILTON WINS AT PAUL RICARD FOR MERCEDES AFTER TWO OF HIS RIVALS CLASH ON THE FIRST LAP AND THE SAFETY CAR COMES OUT PODIUM FOR FERRARI’S KIMI RAIKKONEN WHILE HIS TEAM MATE A SPECIAL ‘GORILLA’ TROPHY DESIGNED BY RICHARD ORLINSKI
VETTEL FINISHES IN THE TOP FIVE AFTER GREAT RECOVERY FROM THE BACK
FOR THE WINNER OF THE PIRELLI-SPONSORED FRENCH GRAND PRIX
LEWIS HAMILTON WINS AT PAUL RICARD FOR MERCEDES AFTER TWO OF HIS RIVALS CLASH ON THE FIRST LAP AND THE SAFETY CAR COMES OUT
PODIUM FOR FERRARI’S KIMI RAIKKONEN WHILE HIS TEAM MATE
A SPECIAL ‘GORILLA’ TROPHY DESIGNED BY RICHARD ORLINSKI
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“An uncertain weather forecast added to the strategic game today, with the risk of rain meaning that teams wanted to avoid the risk of getting caught out on the wrong type of tyre. As it was, the rain didn’t actually materialise, but it was another potential factor to bear in mind. As expected this was a one-stop race for most drivers, but there was a wide variety of one stoppers, including some very long stints on the soft tyres. We also saw Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas complete the race strongly with two very different two-stoppers, with Ferrari and Mercedes having split their strategies across each of their cars, reacting to the race circumstances. This confirmed our expectation that all three compounds were valid choices as part of an overall race strategy today, delivering a strong performance throughout”.
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Lewis Hamilton won the race using a one-stopper as expected, switching from supersoft to soft on lap 33. This was the same tactic adopted by Max Verstappen in second, although the Red Bull driver stopped much sooner. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in third went for a completely different option, starting on ultrasoft and finishing on supersoft. This enabled the Finn to make a crucial pass in the closing stages of the race that earned him a podium.