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Lewis Hamilton dominates the French GP

Lewis Hamilton claimed yet another race win extending his championship lead to 36 points, as Mercedes gained a one-two.

Now with four consecutive victories and six wins out of eight, this is the best ever start to a season for Hamilton whom was in a league of his own, 18 seconds clear of his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, in second.

With a championship lead only increasing as each race goes by, Hamilton is strengthening his hold on a sixth world title which already seems imminent, despite only eight races into the season.

2019 French Grand Prix, Saturday - Steve Etherington

2019 French Grand Prix, Saturday – Steve Etherington

The Mercedes driver hasn’t put a foot wrong thus far in 2019, but perhaps highlights the problem within modern day F1 following the lack of a fight from rivals.

But with the Austrian Grand Prix in only seven days’ time, that will be a critical weekend in the championship considering it is one that favours Bottas, the Fin was victorious there in 2017.

Charles Leclerc claimed the final podium spot with his Ferrari team-mate, Sebastian Vettel, awarded the DHL Fastest Lap bonus point whilst finishing in a lonely P5, as Max Verstappen split the two.

However, it was yet another disappointing weekend for Verstappen’s team-mate, Pierre Gasly, whom couldn’t even manage a point finish in P11, struggling for pace throughout.

What can Lewis Hamilton achieve this season?

After eight races in 2018, Lewis Hamilton had three wins to then claim a total of 11 come the season end, yet fast-forward a year and the Brit already has six out of eight.

The five-time World Champion is still yet to finish below second in a race during 2019.

Now with 13 races left of the season, one would be a fool to completely dismiss Hamilton’s chances of breaking the all-time record for most wins in a season – held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel with 13.

2019 French Grand Prix, Sunday - LAT Images

2019 French Grand Prix, Sunday – LAT Images

With the form Hamilton is on, no driver is able to compete with him as evident in France, where even his own team-mate finished a distant 18 seconds behind.

It will be a tough ask for Hamilton, but not an impossible one.

And with his win tally seemingly increasing as each race passes-by, the countdown to breaking Schumacher’s record for most victories, 91, continues to decrease as Hamilton is currently on 79.

However, there is still a championship to win before any such thought of breaking that record yet his lead is already 36 points, despite Hamilton’s best usually coming out after the summer break.

Yet another dominant weekend for the five-time World Champion which continues the questions of, will anybody stop Lewis Hamilton in the coming years?

What next?

Next up for Formula One is the Red Bull Ring in Austria where Max Verstappen was victorious in 2018, whilst featuring a rare double DNF for Mercedes. Could that happen this time around? The general fans of F1 would certainly appreciate it, as once again Mercedes have maintained their 100% win record in 2019.

 

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