Bottas: At least everyone knows it was Vettel's fault

Hamilton gets new engine but Mercedes won't say which one

The win is Hamilton's third of 2018 and means he is the man to beat as the teams now turn their attentions to Austria in a week's time.

"I hope when we get to Austria that the journalists ask him if he will change his approach because that is what l heard for so many races", Verstappen told Sky Sports F1. "But P3 I'm happy with because the vehicle should be good in the race".

It did nothing to slow him and as soon as Bottas had gone fastest, Hamilton cut his time by half a second with a scorching lap.

While Mercedes and Red Bull Racing will start on the more durable super soft tires, the Ferrari team opted to run the ultra soft tires on which they will start the race. Hamilton had not been troubled at the front of the race, he managed and maintained the gap to Verstappen to ensure a clinical finish.

Bottas, who needed a new rear tire, had to restart at the back with Vettel.

Vettel limped back to the pits to get a new nose piece while Bottas got a new tire for the one that was shredded by the nudge from the four-time former champion.

Vettel and Bottas began climbing through the field however having had the benefit of pitting under a safety auto and it didn't take long for them to be back among the points.

Hamilton led from start to finish in a dominant display to move 14 points clear of Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers Championship standings. Obviously what you don't see is that I lose a lot of grip... "Then I ended up with nowhere to go".

"That wasn't too bad", said Hamilton.

Ferrari had no option but to pit the German once more and they did on lap 40, took the ultrasofts and his penalty, emerging still in fifth but he could do more. "We're all on the edge, we're fighting for the world championships, we're not pootling around, we're out there putting our lives on the line, we're out there putting the cars as far beyond the edge as we can in the safest manner".

Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Bottas, Carlos Sainz (Renault), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Charles Leclerc (Sauber) finished out the points.

Driving conditions were optimal at the 5.8-kilometer (3.6-mile) circuit situated just inland from the Cote d' Azur.

Bottas finally climbed back to sixth to restore the three big teams' routine occupation of the top positions and, with 12 laps remaining, caused a surprise when he pitted again.

The handful of secondary roads that led to the track - which is situated just inland from the Cote d' Azur-produced hours-long traffic jams for the tens of thousands fans eager to attend their first F1 race in France since 2008.

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