Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton reigned supreme in the French Grand Prix, a race that was ostensibly straightforward and fitted in with the pattern that we've seen almost continuously since the start of 2014. But sometimes the less obvious trends are the more important ones, and what was exposed in the beating Paul Ricard sunshine were some subtle, but significant, storylines.
As a race, the French GP was not a thriller, with Hamilton dominating and only denied a sixth 'grand slam' of his career by the narrowest of margins thanks to Sebastian Vettel taking a free pitstop late on and nabbing fastest lap. It's legitimate to ask why anyone should do anything beyond shrugging their shoulders at another Mercedes victory parade? But, as always, in the detail there are always significant things to learn.
First, it reveals much about the world championship battle. The chances of Ferrari hitting a run of form strong enough to get back into contention are already desperately slim given Vettel lags 76 points behind Hamilton. So realistically it's down to the revitalised Valtteri Bottas to take the fight to Hamilton. At Paul Ricard, he was simultaneously so near to doing so and yet so far, falling back in the race thanks to an old weakness that needs to be tackled.