June 23, 2019 / 8:34 PM / 4 months ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the French Grand Prix

LE CASTELLET, France, June 23 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s French Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order):

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2)

Hamilton’s 79th career win, sixth of the season and fourth in a row. Mercedes’ 50th one-two finish in Formula One, after sweeping the front row in qualifying for a record 63rd time. Hamilton led every lap from pole position and stretched his overall lead to 36 points. Mercedes lead Ferrari by 140 points.

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FERRARI (Charles Leclerc 3, Sebastian Vettel 5)

Leclerc started third and stayed there, pushing Bottas hard at the end. Vettel started seventh and gained an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race after taking fresh tyres on the penultimate lap.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 4, Pierre Gasly 10)

Verstappen started and finished fourth. Gasly crossed the line 11th but moved up after Ricciardo was handed two time penalties.

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MCLAREN (Carlos Sainz 6, Lando Norris 9)

A good weekend for the former champions who increased their lead over Renault from two points to eight. Sainz and Norris started on the third row in McLaren’s best qualifying since 2016. Sainz kept his position while Norris lost out to the Spaniard at the start, then Vettel, and dropped three places on the last lap after struggling for 20 laps with an hydraulics issue. He gained a place following Ricciardo’s penalty.

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RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 8, Daniel Ricciardo 11)

Ricciardo crossed the line seventh but dropped out of the points after a total of 10 seconds was added to his time for overtaking Norris and Raikkonen outside track limits. His demotion benefited Hulkenberg, who had started 13th.

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RACING POINT (Sergio Perez 12, Lance Stroll 13)

Perez collected a five second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage on the opening lap. Stroll did a long first stint of 39 laps on the hard tyres. Both were on a one stop strategy.

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ALFA ROMEO (Kimi Raikkonen 7, Antonio Giovinazzi 16)

Raikkonen moved up a place thanks to Ricciardo’s penalty. The points ended a barren three race run for the team and moved them up from ninth to seventh. Giovinazzi started 10th but struggled on soft tyres for the opening stint.

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TORO ROSSO (Daniil Kvyat 14, Alexander Albon 15)

Albon lost five positions after going wide into turn two at the start. Kvyat was overtaken by Russell before recovering position and then passing Albon.

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HAAS (Kevin Magnussen 17, Romain Grosjean retired)

Second race in a row without points for Haas, who drop from eighth to ninth. Grosjean retired six laps from the end. Principal Guenther Steiner said it was the team’s worst race weekend.

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WILLIAMS (Robert Kubica 18, George Russell 19)

Russell made an unplanned second stop for safety reasons to replace the front wing which was damaged after he ran wide and hit a polystyrene marker board early in the race. Kubica did one stop. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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