Le Castellet, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — Lewis Hamilton comfortably won the French Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to clinch a sixth victory this season and extend his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 36 points.
Hamilton has hit a purple patch as he chases a sixth Formula One world title. This was his fourth consecutive win and 79th overall — only 12 behind Formula One record-holder Michael Schumacher's tally of 91.
Bottas, who made a poor start from second on the grid, finished in second place. He was a massive 18 seconds behind Hamilton, who on Saturday took a record-extending 86th pole .
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc placed third, almost catching Bottas on the last lap.
"I gave it everything. Toward the end I was catching Valtteri. He was struggling a bit," Leclerc said after his third career podium. "I saw an opportunity but unfortunately there weren't enough laps left."
Red Bull's Max Verstappen placed fourth ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who took a point for the fastest lap in what was otherwise another disappointing performance from the four-time world champion.
Vettel, who started seventh after a poor qualifying stint, has not won for 16 races dating back to the Belgian GP last August.
When Hamilton won here at the same stage last year, he regained the championship lead from Vettel.
Now he leads third-placed Vettel by 76 points — 187 to 111 — in what looks like becoming yet another disappointing season from the German driver, who lost the last two titles to Hamilton due to mistakes under pressure despite leading both of those campaigns.
Afternoon track temperatures hit 56 degrees Celsius (133 Fahrenheit) on the 5.84-kilometer (3.6-mile) on the Circuit Paul Ricard in southeastern France.
But aside from the heat, there was little for Hamilton to sweat about in what turned into one of the easiest wins of his career.
The British driver made a clean start, but he was not pressured by Bottas despite a long run into the first turn.
Vettel took until Lap 9 to finally overtake the slower McLaren cars of 19-year-old Lando Norris — racing in his debut season — and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Bottas came in for his first tire change on Lap 23 of 53 and Hamilton changed his tires on the next lap. His lead was such that even after he came out of the pits he was still ahead of Vettel, who had yet to pit.
French driver Romain Grosjean's poor form continued, and he retired on Lap 44. He has scored only two points so far and is fighting to keep his seat at Haas for next year.
He, like Vettel, will need to improve at the Austrian GP next weekend.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB)- Bangladeshi Grand Master Ziaur Rahman (rating 2461) beat his upper ranked Indian Grand Master Abhijeet Gupta (rating 2606) in the 8th round match of the Goa International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament held in Goa on Sunday.
GM Zia played with black pieces against Catalan Opening of GM Abhijeet and won the match after 30 moves.
With the day’s feat, Zia was sharing the 2nd slot with three other players securing 6.5 points.
Besides, other Bangladesh players Tahsin Tajwar Zia earned 4 points, Mezanur Rahman earned 3.5 points, CM Chanchal Kumer Ghosh and Shawkhat Bin Osman Shawon earned 3 points each, Monjur Alam bagged 2.5 points, Anisuzzaman Jewel earned 2 points, Md Abzid Rahman earned 1.5 points while Jodunath Biswas earned 0.5 point after the day’s 8th round matches.
In the day’s 8th round matches, Tahsin drew with IM Praven Kumar of India, Mezan drew with WCM Mrudul Dehankar of India, CM Chanchal beat AACB Amarasinghe of Sri Lanka, Monjur drew with Dahal Sushrut of Nepal, Jewel drew with Sherestha Suman of Nepal, Jodunath drew with Pahadi Rajan of Nepal, Shawon lost to Gaikward Siddanth of India while Abzid lost to Sakhawaty Pesepehr of Afghanistan.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - Four young booters of Bangladesh will leave here for Brazil on Tuesday for a month-long higher training in the football crazy country.
The selected players -- Jogen Lorka (Rajshahi), Latifur Rahman Nahid (Rangpur), Omar Faruq Mithu (Kurigram) and Nazmul Akanda (Rangpur) -– will groom themselves at the CR Vasco da Gama Football Club of Rio de Janeiro.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell met the booters at the National Sports Council (NSC) on Sunday and wished them a success.
Earlier, the NSC selected them for the higher training in Brazil from initially chosen 20 footballers from two tournaments -- U-15 Development Cup and U-17 Bangabandhu Gold Cup -- after conducting a two-day final selection trial in November last year.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) – Two hosts -- Khagrachhari and Gopalganj districts -- emerged zonal champions to reach the final round of the BFF-UNICEF U-16 National Women’s Football Championship’2019 eliminating their rivals at different zonal venues on Sunday.
Hosts Khagrachhari District clinched the zonal title beating Rangamati District by 1-0 goals in the regional final at Khagrachhari District Stadium Sunday afternoon with Tupu Marma scoring the match-winner in the 10th minute.
In the day’s another match at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Football Stadium in Gopalganj, hosts Gopalganj outplayed Bagerhat District by 5-0 goals in the regional final.
Ishita hit a hat-trick scoring three goals while Pranti netted the remaining two goals.
In the day’s another match, Mymensingh District crushed Jamalpur District by 6-0 goals at the Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh.
Poly made a hat-trick scoring four goals while Prity netted two goals.