Hamilton - It's not my fault F1 has turned out like this


Lewis Hamilton believes he should not be blamed for dominating Formula One, instead calling for radical changes to the sport's management.

Fans and media alike denounced Sunday's French Grand Prix as a lifeless snoozefest done and dusted by the first corner from which Hamilton emerged ahead never to look back and never to be challenged.

His four world titles all came in succession with Red Bull before he joined Ferrari where he was cast as the man to bring a Michael Schumacher-like revival in fortunes to the team. This is his best-ever start to a season.

While Hamilton's victory was never in doubt, Bottas was pushed to the wire for second place at Circuit Paul Ricard by young Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

Ferrari have lost their review into Sebastian Vettel's five-second penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix, confirming Lewis Hamilton as the race victor. The German is already a morale-sapping 76 points behind his rival.

Bottas nearly failed to lock in second place after a strong challenge from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in the final laps of the race. But the 53 laps of racing will be forgotten in a hurry.

"If you say it's boring, I totally understand it", said Hamilton.

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"Don't point the fingers at the drivers because we don't write the rules", said the five-time world champion. You should put the pressure on the people that are at the head, who should be doing the job.

The initial charge Bottas made to open the season looks to be faltering in the face of Hamilton once more coming in to his own.

"This is a constant cycle of F1 for years and years and years, even before I got to F1". The publication of those rules has now been delayed until October.

They added that Vettel's face camera was "new but not significant as the evidence can be seen within other available video". I was in that meeting watching all the bosses of F1 and the FIA and all the Formula One teams and trying to get involved. I had nothing to gain by it. The Thai driver was just 0.040s off making the cut en-route to a P11 start in tomorrow's race, the same position he has started three of the past five Grands Prix. "So, if that can be decisive and help the fans to get better racing, then I would be proud".

"This is the best we could have done in qualifying but the gap is still quite big so we need to work and hopefully it will be an exciting race".

Both Mercedes and Ferrari started Q2 on mediums and Hamilton responded with a lap in 1:29.520, only for Bottas to reply with 1:29.437, taking an extra lap to do so. It's been an interesting couple of weeks for F1, mostly because of the excellent and controversial grand prix we had in Canada a fortnight ago.

McLaren's magnificent performance to qualify fifth and sixth on the grid - the first time they have had two cars in the top six since 2014 - came as a surprise to many, including engine supplier Renault, who were running a new power unit in Daniel Ricciardo's auto. At one point, the four-time champion was told to go to "Plan F", with Plan A a distant memory for the struggling Scuderia right now.