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Hamilton, now leads Vettel by 14 points after eight of 21 races

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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.