Hamilton 2-5 for world title after victory in France
Vettel penalised for early collision with Bottas
Lewis Hamilton carried on where England left off in the World Cup with victory in the French Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
The race at the Paul Ricard circuit began soon after the Three Lions demolished Panama and there was an element of a demolition derby about the start.
Valtteri Bottas, who had lined up second on the grid behind his Mercedes teammate Hamilton, collided with Sebastian Vettel at the first corner and ended up seventh.
The Ferrari man was penalised for the incident and finished fifth, dropping him 14 points behind Hamilton in the standings having been one point ahead at the start.
Hamilton, 1-2 favourite for the race after claiming pole, is now 2-5 favourite for the title with Vettel out to 2-1.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second in France, with Kimi Raikkonen third.
The French event was the first of three on successive weekends with Austria up next before Hamilton's home race at Silverstone on July 8.
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