The French Grand Prix made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with much of the reporting being about the appalling traffic problems that blighted the weekend at the picturesque Paul Ricard circuit. The race was a dominant victory for Lewis Hamilton, who was chased by Max Verstappen after Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas had an incident at the first corner. This resulted in a penalty for Vettel, although Bottas suffered rather more than the Ferrari driver. There was plenty of action down through the field as Vettel and Bottas made up for lost time, while Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo fought over third place. Vettel ended up fifth but lost the World Championship lead. Kevin Magnussen gave Haas at solid sixth place ahead of Bottas and the Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg. Charles Leclerc picked up the final point. It was a fairly straight forward race with the extraordinary site of the three Frenchmen in the field all being involved in incidents with one another at the start. First Grosjean bounced off Esteban Ocon, then Ocon crashed into Pierre Gasly. Ocon and Gasly were out on the spot, while Grosjean ended up with a penalty that would drop him out of the points. There were further disasters for McLaren and Williams.
– We talk to Pierre Gasly about his relationships with Esteban and Charles
– We interview Montreal promoter Francois Dumontier about his plans for the future
– We talk to Nicholas Latifi
– We remember the eccentric Paul Ricard, who built the French GP circuit
– We remember Martin Birrane – DT thinks that the French GP must do better
– JS escapes to another age, when the French GP was younger
– Peter Nygaard and his team capture the beauty (and the horrid stripes) of Paul Ricard.
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