Hamilton led from lights to flag, with not his pit stop nor a safety vehicle period enough to knock the Briton of course to win his third race of the season.
"I feel very grateful for a solid weekend". "My guys are just continuously pushing the boundaries and never giving up, so I'm just forever grateful for all of their work".
"I set the fastest lap of the race despite the condition of the vehicle".
The 31 points that Mercedes scored at the Paul Ricard Circuit moves their season total thus far to 237 points and extends their constructors' championship lead over Scuderia Ferrari to 23 points. Sebastian Vettel, who had executed a strong start from P2 only to be boxed in by Hamilton ahead and Valtteri Bottas to the right, locked up into the first turn and nudged the Finn off the track, damaging his front wing and giving the Mercedes vehicle a rear-left puncture. Max had decent pace, but I could maintain the gap at around five seconds.
Behind him French drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon also crashed, putting both out of the race on the spot.
After pitting for repairs, both would make their through the field, with Vettel eventually finishing fifth while Bottas was only seventh.
Vettel had to pit for a new front wing while Bottas suffered a puncture. Valtteri was way, way ahead and left him a lot of space.
Hamilton thought that Vettel got away lightly with a five-second penalty for causing his collision. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fourth.
"Obviously what you don't see is that I lost a lot of grip and as I said I saw it and I was aware, so the two cars running around the outside trying to get their position on me, because I was stuck but I couldn't slow down more than I did and obviously lost the vehicle and hit Valtteri". We're all going into that first corner at great speeds.
Verstappen was relaxed in second place, aware that Hamilton's pace was never matchable in his Renault-powered Red Bull Racing auto.
Vettel said: "I will not respond to that". "I had a good race, I enjoyed that".
"I was very comfortable with the balance this afternoon". The former two-time champion failed to finish his third consecutive F1 race when his McLaren had a problem with its back left tire and he was forced to retire late.
After months of being the centre of criticism from fellow drivers and reporters, Max Verstappen took the opportunity for payback after Sebastian Vettel collided with Valtteri Bottas at Sunday's French GP. It's like when you're speeding on the road, you break the law and they let you go.