Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Hamilton gets more powerful engine for France

Lewis lays down early marker in hunt for Vettel Hamilton fastest in French Grand Prix practice
Cassandra Gardner | 26 June, 2018, 12:59

Hamilton's third win of the season, and 65th of his career, was his first in France.

After a scruffy Q3 lap, Sebastian Vettel was almost four tenths adrift of Hamilton's 1:30.029 benchmark while the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were over half a second behind.

Mercedes delayed the introduction of its updated power unit in Canada two weeks ago, citing a "quality issue", and Hamilton struggled to fifth place as Sebastian Vettel took a comfortable victory.

There was a second, more serious crash further back between Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Force India's Esteban Ocon, which brought out the safety auto and ended the race for both drivers. This also means that 100 points are up for grabs - so let's see who scores the most - Hamilton, Vettel or someone else?

Vettel locked up going into Turn 1 and collided with Bottas, hitting the Finn's left rear tyre and pitching the Mercedes off the track and into a spin.

"It's a good day for England". Fernando Alonso, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans just last weekend, found himself classified 16th in the race.

Their fight back into the points, and in Vettel's case with some hope of ending up on the podium, provided much of the entertainment for the rest of the afternoon with the German up to eighth after 15 laps. The safety vehicle was deployed as another turn 1 incident had left the Force India of Esteban Ocon and the Torro Rosso of Pierre Gasly stranded.

Heather Locklear arrested again for battery of a police officer, EMT
It is unclear now how these new misdemeanors might impact Locklear's parole given her previous arrest for the same offense. She was fined $900 (£678) and sentenced to three years' informal probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving.


There was drama at the start as Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas lined up on the front row with Vettel just behind in third.

The Spaniard was under pressure from Ricciardo and he was overtaken by the Australian and then fell to fifth when Raikkonen flew past.

Vettel's 2017 title bid collapsed due to mistakes and misfortune, and Hamilton was asked whether he was surprised his fellow four times world champion was still making them at such a level. "In the end I had a lot fresher tyres".

Hamilton added that the work ethic from his whole team has been a strength this year, having called for improvements in the face of a stern challenge from both Ferrari and Red Bull.

Hamilton now leads the Driver's Championship by 14 points ahead of Vettel and Ricciardo.

He eventually pitted after 33 laps and came out behind Raikkonen, who led him by three seconds with Verstappen third. The answer lies in the fact that the top three teams are in a league of their own.

"A five-second penalty, 10-second, drive-through or stop-go".

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