Le Castellet — Formula One champions Mercedes can stretch their unbeaten run into double figures in France on Sunday while rivals Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel still chafe at being denied victory in Canada two weeks ago.

Lewis Hamilton, winner in 2018 at Le Castellet’s Paul Ricard circuit from pole position, has won five races this season while Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas has taken the other two. Add in Hamilton’s two victories at the end of 2018, after winning his fifth championship, and Mercedes are set to match their 2016 run of 10 successive wins and Ferrari’s 2002 sequence of success.

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