Hamilton, now leads Vettel by 14 points after eight of 21 races
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix for Mercedes yesterday to retake the overall lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth after a first lap collision.
The victory was the 65th of Hamilton’s F1 career but the Briton’s first in France, which was returning to the calendar after a 10-year absence, and continued a triumphant day for English sports fans.
“Great work guys! I’m so happy for England as well,” he said over the team radio, referring to the national soccer team’s 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama in Russia.
“It’s a beautiful Sunday, everyone.”
Hamilton, who had started on pole position, now leads Vettel by 14 points after eight of 21 races. The Briton has 145 and German 131.