Hamilton wins pole position in French Grand Prix

Hamilton wins pole position in French Grand Prix

Hamilton wins pole position in French Grand Prix

Vettel caused chaos at the French GP after crashing into the back of Valterri Bottas as he lunged on the inside. He would finish 14th.

The Red Bull of Max Verstappen completed the second row.

Defending champion Hamilton has 145 points after eight races.

Back at the front though, it was the ideal afternoon for Lewis Hamilton, who now regains the championship lead by 14 points over Sebastian Vettel.

"We have all pulled together and done a great job in putting the auto where we need it, for both Valtteri and I", Hamilton said.

"I touched with Vettel", Alonso said.

Vettel pulling off from a good race start and go wheel to wheel with Hamilton.

The Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, however, will get underway on the faster but brittle ultrasofts.

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"A fresh engine is always a good thing", Hamilton said. Powered by the same engines, the McLarens were nearly 1.5 seconds slower than the Red Bulls. The guys did a great job. I don't know how England would be able to take it though if we did win the World Cup.

It was Hamilton's 65th career win.

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton has fare chances of converting his pole into the race victory and stands on the top-most stand of the podium.

Bottas was hit by Vettel as the leaders rounded the first corner at Paul Ricard and spun, sustaining a puncture in the process, which dropped him to the back of the field.

Both Hamilton and Mercedes' non-executive boss Lauda were critical of the penalty handed to Vettel.

"That was a shame because we had a strong vehicle today as Lewis' result shows", he said. "He really destroyed the whole race for himself and for Bottas", he said.

Hamilton was the first driver to dip into the 1:33s and then clocked 1:32.539 to move seven-tenths clear of Ricciardo at the top.

He said: "I would be happy with rain tomorrow".

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"We are all on the edge and fighting for world championships", Hamilton said in defence of his rival. "We are not twiddling around".

"We all went into Turn 1 as hard as we could".

But in a disastrous session for the under-pressure McLaren team, Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso were eliminated at the first hurdle - the team's worst result in a season on the cusp of turning ugly.

Verstappen, who has delivered two successful and composed races since an emotional outburst at reporters in Canada earlier in June, relished his podium finish.

Lance Stroll also failed to finish when a tire blew on his Williams.

Basking in the Mediterranean sun, driving conditions were optimal at the 5.8-kilometre circuit situated next to a private airport where planes took off and landed all weekend.

F1 is returning to France for the first time in a decade and the Paul Ricard track is hosting its first elite race since 1990.

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