Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are ‘making history’ following his latest win at the French Grand Prix.
The world champion landed his sixth win in eight races with a minimum of fuss on Sunday afternoon, extending his drivers’ championship advantage to a huge 36 points over team-mate Valtteri Bottas in doing so.
Hamilton was in control from the start, after converting pole position into a lead at the first corner, and he never looked like being troubled thereafter.
Bottas meanwhile fended off a final-lap challenge from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for second spot, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari took fourth and fifth places.
Five-time world champion Hamilton is now within 12 race wins of Michael Schumacher’s all-time benchmark of 91, and he is thrilled with how things are going for Mercedes this season.
“It has been a really good weekend – I have been racing a long time and it never gets old and it is such a challenge out there, and finding the edge and building the gap,” said Hamilton.
“We are creating history together and so proud to be part of this team. I am hot. It is a beautiful day and the track is awesome and there is some technical areas.
“It wasn’t easy at all and everything is on the edge. I had quite big blisters on the front two tyres – but this has been the best start of the year.”
Hamilton is 1.10 to win the Drivers’ crown this season, with Bottas now 7.00 and Vettel a 51.00 hope.