French Grand Prix results: Full classification - Lewis Hamilton triumphs

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

The incident dropped both to the back of the field after pitstops.

Behind Vettel, the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo couldn't quite match the pace of Mercedes and Ferrari; they will start fourth and fifth.

The four times champion's best time in the second was 1:32.539, with Mercedes finally giving him the updated engine after delaying its introduction in Canada two weekends ago due to a technical issue.

Williams and McLaren, two of the sport's most successful teams who are going through hard times, continued to struggle. "It's a handsome Sunday".

Niki Lauda believes Sebastian Vettel should have received a bigger penalty for colliding with Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix.

The forecast today is for potential showers and thunderstorms around the time of the race.

Mercedes introduced their upgraded spec 2.1 engine for the French GP and it clearly made a difference as Ferrari were unable to close the gap on the leaders despite the Italian team being known to turn up their engines for the final part of qualifying just like their rivals.

It was behind Hamilton that a race more interesting than many feared began to unfold.

"That said, I have scored points in every single race I have finished, and hopefully tomorrow will be one of those Sundays".

Hamilton started cleanly from pole position and led as the safety vehicle was deployed for four laps.

Vettel was 11th by lap 10, eighth by lap 15, and fifth by lap 20, at the back of the lead group.

His best time in the second was 1:32.539.

Vettel charged on the restart on lap six and moved swiftly through the pack, making it to 12th by the end of lap seven.

Nico Hulkenberg would be within half a tenth in 12th in the second Renault with Sergio Perez 13th. The Finn quickly caught the Australian and after swarming all over the Red Bull's gearbox, he pulled the trigger into the chicane.

Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, who had gone top moments earlier, had to settle for second - just 0.118 of a second slower - as the Silver Arrows locked out the front row in style.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victor of two races this season and still mulling his future options, was third fastest for Red Bull in 1:32.527 and then second later on.

"Ultimately, when someone destroys your race through an error and it's kind of a tap on the hand really - they're allowed to come back and still finish ahead of that person he took out - it doesn't weigh up", said Hamilton. Raikkonen on softer, fresher tyres passed Ricciardo for third on lap 48 but too could not make no further impression.