Vettel had to twice overcome Mercedes. First, he turned second into first off the line as he beat Hamilton into Turn 1. Then, having pitted for fresh rubber under the late Safety Car and surrendered the lead to Valtteri Bottas, he brilliantly worked his way past the Finn into the tight left hander at Brooklands.
After a collision on the opening lap, Lewis Hamilton fought his way back through the field to claim P2
Seb Vettel increase his lead by 7 points to 8 in the Drivers’ championship and the team extend its advantage by 10 points to 20 in the Constructors’. Despite some neck pain Seb secured his fourth win of the season and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen made a good recovery following a collision shortly after the start. The SF71H proved to be the car to beat, even if that had not seemed the case going into this event.
Lewis Hamilton claims his 65th career victory at the return of the French Grand Prix – his third of the 2018 season and 44th with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. The first French Grand Prix in a decade got off to a spectacular start when Sebastian Vettel collided with Valtteri Bottas in Turn 1. The championship-leading Ferrari driver got a good start and closed up on the back of pole sitter Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Scuderia Ferrari won the Canadian GP to end a 14 year drought at this track. Sebastian Vettel is now back in the lead of the championship. Valtteri Bottas finished the Canadian Grand Prix in P2 – his fourth podium finish at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and fourth second place of the 2018 season.Third and fourth Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo represents a great Red Bull result today. Verstappen drove a very strong race finishing within a tenth of a second from Valtteri Bottas.
Ricciardo completed a brilliant clean sweep that including topping all three practice sessions, plus all three segments of qualifying. The win was the seventh of his career, but his first when starting from within the top three, with Sebastian Vettel back on the podium in second place, Lewis Hamilton in P3, his sixth podium in Monte Carlo and Kimi Raikkonen fending off Bottas in the Mercedes to claim fourth.
Sebastian Vettel won with Scuderia Ferrari, but at the moment, the thoughts of everyone in the team are with the mechanic who was injured during Kimi Raikkonen’s pit stop, the Finn stopping and retiring immediately after in pit lane. As for the Grand Prix, it was closely contested right down to the final corner and the win came courtesy of a well thought out strategy and the abilities of the driver who managed to make a set of Soft tyres last 38 laps no less, on a track that is one of the hardest on tyres.
The first team group set off for Australia last Friday and the last members will arrive mid-week. Such a long trip, 16,000 kilometres and a whole day travelling, takes a bit of planning, especially as it’s the first of the season. In fact, the team is actually “operational” at the track as from Wednesday.
Sebastian Vettel won today’s Brazilian Grand Prix, held at the Interlagos circuit. It is Scuderia Ferrari’s 229th Formula One win, the fifth this season for the team and for Seb. Kimi Raikkonen also made it to the podium having finished third.