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2018-06-25 09:16

Sean Parker

The first French Grand Prix in 10 years yielded action right from the start as winner Lewis Hamilton, from his record 75th pole position, made a clean departure.

In an incident at Turn Three two of the home French drivers were involved in another crash as Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso collided with Esteban Ocon of Force India, AFP reports.

Both suffered comprehensive damage to their cars and had to retire, leaving Romain Grosjean to carry the French flag after surviving an incident when Sebastian Vettel, minus a front wing on his Ferrari, made contact with his Haas car.

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Hamilton's team mate Valterri Bottas, with a punctured rear left tyre, and Vettel managed to steer their damaged machines back to the pits for repairs and rejoined the fray at the back of the field. 

Vettel lost the lead of the driver's championship after finishing fifth while Bottas closed the race in seventh place. 

Watch the opening lap action of the French GP: 

Vettel bashes into Bottas

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