Another record breaking weekend for Lewis Hamilton, a bad weekend for McLaren and Charles Leclerc equals his team-mate. Here are all the best facts and statistics from the 2018 French Grand Prix weekend!
On Saturday, Lewis Hamilton took the 75th pole position of his career. It was the 91st time Mercedes have started from the front of the grid. On Sunday, Hamilton took his 65th career win. He secured his 123rd podium finish. It was his 44th victory driving for the Mercedes team and Mercedes’ 79th overall win.
It was Hamilton’s third pole and third win of the 2018 season. His victory in France means he’s reclaimed an honour he held last season – having won at every track on the current calendar.
Lewis Hamilton became the eleventh different F1 polesitter and the eleventh different Grand Prix winner at the Paul Ricard circuit.
With his first Grand Prix victory in France, Lewis Hamilton recorded a win in a 23rd different country, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record.
Hamilton has extended the consecutive points record to 33 Grands Prix, and has now equalled Nick Heidfeld’s record of consecutive race finishes.
Max Verstappen recorded his best result of the season so far, finishing as runner-up. The Dutchman’s fourteenth podium marked the first time Red Bull have taken podium finishes at consecutive races in 2018.
Kimi Raikkonen scored his 95th podium finish at the French Grand Prix, putting him just five away from the exclusive 100 Podiums club.
Sergio Perez recorded his first retirement of the season, while Force India recorded their first double DNF since the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix.
Esteban Ocon has beaten his team-mate in Qualifying at all of the last five F1 weekends.
Valtteri Bottas’ set the fastest lap of the Grand Prix for the third time this season. He now has more fastest laps this season than in any of his other seasons in F1.
In the six races he has finished this season, Nico Hulkenberg has not lost a position from his starting place.
Lewis Hamilton’s win marked the ninth time a race at the track has been won from pole and the eleventh time won from the front row from fifteen events here.
At Sauber, Marcus Ericsson reached Q2 for the first time since the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix while Charles Leclerc reached Q3 for the first time in his career. Brendon Hartley and Sergey Sirotkin are now the only drivers on the grid to have never reached Q3.
Charles Leclerc has now scored the same number of career points in eight races as Marcus Ericsson has in 84 races.
Both McLarens were eliminated in Q1 for the first time since the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It was Fernando Alonso’s joint-worst qualifying performance from his last 33 F1 race appearances.
Fernando Alonso has retired from three consecutive F1 races for only the fourth time in his career, the last being at Belgium, Italy and Singapore last season.
With his retirement in the closing stages of the French Grand Prix, this weekend saw the first time Lance Stroll has retired from consecutive races since the first three races of his career.
Carlos Sainz recorded his best qualifying performance of the season so far, and the best of his Renault career to date. It was the first time he started in the top seven since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. He’s scored in all but one of this year’s races.
Carlos Sainz has finished the last six races in the top ten, the longest points streak of his career.
The 2018 French Grand Prix marked the first time the Safety Car has appeared during a race at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.