The French Grand Prix was a mirror image of Canada two weeks earlier. In Montreal, Sebastian Vettel dominated while Lewis Hamilton struggled to fifth, but at Paul Ricard the roles were reversed. A zero-sum world championship game, you might say, but in France there was a significant difference.
In Canada, Hamilton had a lacklustre weekend, but at Paul Ricard Vettel was the architect of his own downfall. Sliding into the back of Valtteri Bottas's Mercedes at the first corner was the biggest mistake in the Ferrari driver's generally superb season.
With the initiative being passed between the big three teams on a race-by-race basis even five points, the difference between his result and the third place Vettel should have taken, could prove to be vital.