French Grand Prix 2018: Did Sebastian Vettel deserve to win the ‘Driver of the Day Award’, despite crashing?

After starting from the pole position at Circuit Paul Ricard, Lewis Hamilton never lost his lead. He went on the win the French Grand Prix on Sunday and his win was emphatic. He finished first at the French Grand Prix 2018 followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

This race was marked by high drama as Sebastian Vettel collided into Valtteri Bottas at the first corner. Sebastian Vettel who won the Canadian Grand Prix finished at the 5th spot. 

Mercedes unhappy with Vettel’s ‘little punishment;

Sebastian Vettel was penalised for 5 seconds after he was blamed for the collision. A five-second penalty on the Ferrari proved costly for Sebastian Vettel. After the collision, Bottas’ car was heavily damaged. To everyone’s astonishment, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was awarded the ‘Driver of the Day Award.’

Mercedes was dejected at this and also complained that Sebastian Vettel was awarded a punishment that was too little. The fact that Sebastian Vettel won the award for the Driver of the Day triggered a furious debate. Taking advantage of Vettel’s clash Verstappen finished second.

French Grand Prix 2018 was a comeback of this event after a decade. Possibilities of rain continuously lurked over Circuit Paul Ricard. 

Kimi Raikkonen whose form has been under scrutiny was happy to finish on the podium. There are large speculations that Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari will be replaced by Charles Leclerc in the 2019 F1 season of Ferrari. 

Here are the final results:

  1. Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes 
  2. Max Verstappen: Red Bull
  3. Kimi Raiokkenen: Ferrari
  4. Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull
  5. Sebastian Vettel: Ferrari
  6. Kevin Magnussen: Haas 
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