Lewis Hamilton said his Friday practice at the French GP was still "quite a struggle" despite Mercedes' return to form at Paul Ricard, as Valtteri Bottas spearheaded the world champions' charge in a close fight with Red Bull.
Max Verstappen just moved back ahead of Valtteri Bottas to top Practice Two at the French Grand Prix, with Red Bull and Mercedes appearing closely matched on pace.
Mercedes made a strong start to their crucial French GP weekend by out-pacing championship leaders Red Bull in first practice, with Valtteri Bottas leading Lewis Hamilton in a one-two.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed that Mercedes have made a "short-term" fix to their steering wheel to avoid a repeat of the 'magic' brake button mishap that cost the world champion victory at the Azerbaijan GP.
A "disappointed" Max Verstappen has criticised Pirelli for their "vague" explanation of the tyre blowouts at the Azerbaijan GP and insists Red Bull "didn't do anything wrong", although title rival Lewis Hamilton believes F1's tyre supplier are not to blame as the Baku fallout continues.
Ted Kravitz previews this weekend's French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard.
F1's first triple-header of the season begins with the French Grand Prix, live from Paul Ricard on Sky Sports F1.
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