LEWIS HAMILTON led from start to finish in what proved to be a comfortable win at the French Grand Prix to extend his lead at the top of the F1 world championship.
Hamilton was on pole in 2018 and went on to win, leading from start to finish and repeated that same feat this time around.
The 79th win of his career, and it’s hard to look back at an easier race for the defending world champion.
Valtteri Bottas was never close to him during the race and almost got caught by Charles Leclerc on the final lap.
Sebastian Vettel meanwhile couldn’t manage to put up a fight for a podium spot, settling for fifth, but he did squeeze in a fastest lap at the end for the extra point.
The win now puts Hamilton 36 points clear of Bottas at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.
Ferrari missed their chance on the opening lap when Leclerc needed to get between the two Mercedes drivers.
And they may be left disappointed once again next week at the Austrian Grand Prix, where Mercedes have largely dominated for the past five years although both Hamilton and Bottas retired from the 2018 race.