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Sunday images from the 2018 French F1 Grand Prix

F1: LH44 takes 44 wins as a Silver Arrow

Jun 242018

Lewis Hamilton kicked off Formula One's first ever triple-header in fine style as he cruised to victory in the 2018 French Grand Prix. The race returned to the F1 calendar after a 10-year absence and served up an explosive start, as Lewis negotiated the chaotic first lap action to bring car No.44 home for his 65th win in Formula One; and his 44th for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team.

Lewis was simply unstoppable in the south of France, and coasted home to regain not only the top spot on the podium, but also his place at the top of the drivers' championship. He then immediately turned his attention to the Austrian Grand Prix, which is set to take place next weekend. The track in Spielberg has been a happy hunting ground for the Silver Arrows in the past, and Lewis is now hoping for another strong performance.

Lewis said: "Austria should be a fairly decent track. It's been a decent track for us in the past, so I don't see why it should be any different now. I think the car should be good there. I think the Red Bulls have been particularly quick there in the past because it's quite a good downforce circuit, so it'll be interesting."

"As you're seeing, the cars, it's great that we are close in qualifying, but positioning is everything really in qualifying, and you can't overtake. At that track, even though you've got those long straights, it is very, very difficult to overtake, so it's going to be about who qualifies where at that track."

Lewis's victory was his first since the Spanish Grand Prix and is welcomed after tough races in Monaco and Montreal. He was boosted by the added power of a new Mercedes engine and was quick to praise the team for their development.


Lewis added: "When you're constructive and criticize yourself, approach a challenge with new methods and a new-found determination, it's a great feeling to then get the result. The fresh engine put us back in line with everyone else who took a new power unit in Canada and everybody in the team should be feeling happy for the good work they have done."

Valtteri added: "That was a shame because we had a strong car today as Lewis' result shows. But my race was lost in Turn One. I was on the outside going into it and I knew that keeping that line would put me on the inside for Turn Two. Then suddenly I got a hit from behind, had a puncture and damaged my floor. After that it was difficult as the car was quite damaged. I was sliding around and had to do a second pit stop which was unfortunately slow so we lost more time there. I guess today was just not my day; in a way it sums up my season so far."


Stay tuned as the action continues in Austria on July 1st…