F1: 5 Talking points from the French GP 2018

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Hamilton, who cruised to a win that sent him 14 points clear of Vettel at the top of the drivers' standings, felt Vettel should have received tougher sanctions.

Starting third behind Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Vettel tried to use his faster set of tires to make a good start. The Ferrari driver fell to the back of the pack after he pitted for a new front wing, and was then punished with a five-second penalty.

Through the carnage scythed Max Verstappen, who cut across the run-off area to seize second place from his crashed-out rivals.

A few seconds later, a crash between Scuderia Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Sahara Force India's Esteban Ocon brought out a safety vehicle, so both Vettel and Bottas could pit for repairs without losing a ton of time.

Just after the run-in between Vettel and Bottas, there was further trouble when Pierre Gasly ran his Toro Rosso into the back of Esteban Ocon's Force India, knocking them both out of the race and bringing out the safety auto.

Bottas, however, had a tougher time of things thanks to floor damage picked up dragging his punctured vehicle to the pits on the first lap.

Niki Lauda, Mercedes' non-executive chairman, added: "Why did Vettel only get five seconds for this enormous mistake?

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It really annoyed me and was stupid to ask", Verstappen said "I'm getting annoyed about it". "In the end we had a lot of speed and managed to get on the podium".

Another driver whose F1 future is up in the air is Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Given the situation, how tight it was, I think we were both lucky in a way to be able to continue like I said. "I had a good race, I enjoyed that. I'll keep my head down, work hard and hopefully the luck will turn around at some point - I think it is about time".

After months of being the centre of criticism from fellow drivers and reporters, Max Verstappen took the opportunity for payback after Sebastian Vettel collided with Valtteri Bottas at Sunday's French GP. Championship rival Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) finished fifth.

"At that track you can't really overtake".

Carlos Sainz finished eighth for Renault at the team's home grand prix, but the Spaniard was entitled to more having run in sixth until his power unit developed a problem with four laps to go, dropping him two places.

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