Hamilton - 5 / Bottas - 3
Hamilton looked to be the dominant force all weekend with Bottas hanging on to his coattails, albeit only just. Hamilton’s victory in the French Grand Prix propelled him into the lead of the championship, but it looks to be anything but straight-forward for the four-time world champion. The Scuderia most probably are in possession of the faster car, at this stage. Although, Hamilton is driving well enough to muster a challenge against the Italian outfit, at least for now.
Winner: Lewis Hamilton
Vettel - 7 / Raikkonen - 1
Whatever side of the fence you are on, Vettel was guilty every day of the week for the incident that transpired on the first lap. What looked set to be a fascinating tussle for the podium positions ended up being a walk-over for Hamilton after Vettel collided with Bottas and sent both of them to the bottom of the pecking order. Raikkonen meanwhile mustered a decent challenge and picked up the pieces for Ferrari after they had been left scattered down at Turn One. Sure Vettel’s qualifying performance outshone Raikkonen and his charge up the field was impressive, but an almost-guaranteed podium is better for the points tally than that of a distant fifth. Therefore the round victory goes to the Iceman.
Winner: Kimi Raikkonen
Ricciardo - 5 / Verstappen - 3
The calm nature demanded from Verstappen seemed to be very much in force since Monaco. It appears that whatever medium Verstappen needed to adhere to has been found and has paid off in his quest for ascension up the drivers tally. He appeared to have the better of Ricciardo throughout the weekend on pace and hardly put a foot wrong. Ricciardo likewise put in a very respectable performance to secure fourth and moved to third in the standings as a result. Fishface gets the round win owing to a fine performance over the weekend.
Winner: Max Verstappen
Sainz Jr - 4 / Hulkenberg - 4
Many French citizens paid many French Francs to watch a French team perform on a French circuit – and it certainly looked as though they got a decent showing. Sainz has improved ten-fold since the season start and dominated Hulkenberg over the weekend. The Spaniard was third by the end of the first lap following the calamities that transpired performed quite well for the duration of the Grand Prix; eventually securing eighth with team-mate Hulkenberg following suit in ninth. The future looks bright for the Renault team because their car is yellow, and their development has come a long way since their re-introduction into the Formula One paddock.
Winner: Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ocon - 5 / Perez - 3
Being a power circuit, I half-expected the Force India pair to strut their stuff at this round. In fairness, they were further up the grid than in previous races. It still wasn’t that good, however. Although not the fault of either driver, both would retire from the race (Ocon through an accident and Perez through engine issues) and have no put them in an awkward position in the constructor standings. Ocon did appear to have a bit more speed on tap over the course of the season and appears as though it is becoming the norm as the young Frenchman becomes more acquainted with the car and team.
Winner: Esteban Ocon
Alonso - 8 / Vandoorne - 0
Fresh from his victory at Le Mans – which was as hollow as a banker’s heart – Alonso did not seem to be entirely content with being back in the cockpit of the God-awful MCL33. However, irrespective of whether the personnel in charge have antiquated ideals, taking a defeatist mindset into the Grand Prix before it had even started is the first step to losing. Spinning on his own and dropping out in Q1, I am still to see what everyone else does in Alonso. Best driver in the world? Not in my book. But, at the very least, he did better than his team-mate Vandoorne; who must now be feeling the pressure from McLaren junior, Lando Norris.
Winner: Fernando Alonso
Magnussen - 7 / Grosjean - 1
Haas appeared to find their footing this weekend with some good performances by both drivers, but particularly from Magnussen. Grosjean did struggle at points this weekend whilst Magnussen still hasn’t quite grasped the idea of blue flags, but K-Mag did bag sixth-place and a nice haul of points whilst doing so. At this point, Haas do need to get a hurry-on as the mid-field battle is starting to get tighter, with McLaren falling back and Sauber catching up.
Winner: Kevin Magnussen
Stroll - 6 / Sirotkin - 2
This team is lost. Little else can be said about this other than that. It may sound harsh and ill-informed, but how else can you justify the rapid demise of one of the most successful teams in the history of the sport? Both Stroll and Sirotkin struggled all weekend and eventually culminated with the pair securing the last row (before Hartley’s grid penalty) in qualifying. The race bared little fruit for the team with Stroll suffering a puncture on lap 47 and Sirotkin being the first driver since Al Pease to get a penalty for driving too slow. At this rate, they’ll secure the wooden spoon and lose everything else – possibly even the future of the team. It’s hard to pick a winner with this team each week as their drives are nigh-on un-noteworthy. Sirotkin gets this round thanks to his qualifying performance.
Winner: Sergey Sirotkin
Leclerc - 7 / Ericsson - 1
Anyone who watched the Grand Prix this weekend knows who will win this weekend’s edition of Team-Mate Wars. It’s actually becoming quite predictable as Charles Leclerc begins to find his feet in this category. There is something extraordinary about a rookie in one of the slowest cars on the grid staring at third-place on the opening lap whilst racing some of the best drivers in the world. Whilst Ericsson did race respectably over the course of the weekend, it would be a fools errand to disregard Leclerc’s performance as being nothing more than a product an ever-improving Sauber outfit. That car is still no better than that of their mid-field rivals, yet they maintain a healthy points margin over Williams and are drawing ever-closer to Toro Rosso.
Winner: Charles Leclerc
Hartley - 6 / Gasly - 2
Hartley may not be the fastest guy in the world, but he won’t hurl the car into an entirely-avoidable incident. Alas, Gasly retired from his home Grand Prix after just three corners – an activity that earns one no points. Hartley’s campaign hasn’t been helped by constant issues surrounding the car or circumstance, but his pace just hasn’t been there. As a fellow Kiwi, you wish for the best in the guy. But, this is the top-level in motorsport and you expect the very best from the drivers. The silver lining for Hartley is that there is really no-one else that could replace him at this point and any change would be viewed as desperate and illogical from the team at Toro Rosso. And having said all that, Hartley did finish the race, which is kind of critical for all the parties involved.
Winner: Brendon Hartley