Lewis Hamilton put on a display of domination at the French Grand Prix to go 36 points clear in the Formula One world championship and stretch Mercedes’s winning run to 10 races. The Briton finished 18 seconds ahead of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, who was pushed hard at the end by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in a rare moment of tension, as Mercedes celebrated their 50th one-two finish.
The five-times world champion now has 79 career wins, 12 short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record with 13 races remaining this season. He has 187 points to Bottas’s 151. Mercedes have won all eight races this year as well as the last two of 2018.
Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel moved up from seventh on the grid to fifth and gained an extra point after pitting on the penultimate lap for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap.