Defending F1 champion Max Verstappen received the French Grand Prix on Sunday after Charles Leclerc crashed out as Ferrari’s woes resurfaced, falling 63 factors behind the Crimson Bull driver within the championship.
Lewis Hamilton completed second in his three hundredth GP — securing a fourth-straight podium — whereas George Russell overtook Sergio Perez’s Crimson Bull following a digital security automobile restart late within the race to provide Mercedes its first podium double of the season.
Leclerc’s race ended on Lap 18 when he misplaced the rear of his automobile popping out of Flip 11, spinning 360 levels earlier than crashing right into a tyre wall. Leclerc couldn’t communicate at first, respiration closely in his helmet earlier than telling his staff the mishap was brought on by one other throttle drawback, after which letting out a livid “Noooooooooo!”. It was the third time he didn’t end a race this season — Ferrari’s seventh in 12 races — and got here two weeks after a throttle drawback nearly price him victory on the Austrian GP.
Charles Leclerc has taken the blame for his dramatic exit from the race – describing the incident as a “mistake”.
“We’ll add issues up on the finish of the season, but when we’re 25 or 30 factors quick on the season I can solely blame myself,” Leclerc mentioned.
“I couldn’t backpedal, however these are small particulars. You simply can’t put a automobile into the wall.”
Recent heartbreak for Leclerc
These drivers will likely be mighty relieved to get a dousing on the rostrum!
Verstappen offers his response
“We had actually good tempo from the beginning however following round right here with the temperature, I couldn’t actually do it with the tyres. You by no means understand how the race goes to go however the automobile was fast. It was all about simply taking care of the tyres to the tip.”
Extra from Hamilton
“I’ve to provide it as much as this crowd in France, the most important I feel we’ve had right here. That was a troublesome race as a result of my drinks bottle didn’t work, reliability has been one factor my staff has been superb at so congratulations to the staff. I’d think about [I lost] round three kilos.”
Hamilton on staff radio
“Woo! Nice job guys, that’s an unimaginable end result. That exhibits the onerous work we’re doing. And nice job George”
Verstappen wins at Circuit Paul Ricard, adopted by Hamilton!
And Russell makes it stick to assert third place!
Verstappen is about to win the French Grand Prix with Perez combating Russell for third place…
Russell makes the transfer!
Proper off the restart the Mercedes nabs third with Perez sleeping within the ultimate sector!