French GP: Max Verstappen affords sympathy to Charles Leclerc after Ferrari crash


Max Verstappen received the French GP to increase his world championship result in 63 factors; Charles Leclerc crashed out from the lead on lap 18; the season continues subsequent weekend with the Hungarian GP, all stay on Sky Sports activities F1

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Championship chief Max Verstappen says there’s nonetheless an extended solution to go and he’s not getting carried away after profitable the French Grand Prix

Championship chief Max Verstappen says there’s nonetheless an extended solution to go and he’s not getting carried away after profitable the French Grand Prix

French Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen mentioned he “felt sorry” for world championship rival Charles Leclerc after the Ferrari driver crashed out from the lead on the Paul Ricard Circuit.

Leclerc and Verstappen appeared set for an additional thrilling battle after the Ferrari had held off the Purple Bull within the opening levels, however the lap-18 crash left Verstappen to cruise to a simple victory, which prolonged his world championship result in 63 factors.

A distraught Leclerc set free an anguished scream over staff radio within the instant aftermath of the crash, earlier than taking accountability for making an “unacceptable mistake” in his post-race interview.

“It might have been a extremely good battle to the tip, sadly we by no means obtained to that, however fortunately Charles is okay,” mentioned Verstappen, who was joined by Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on the rostrum.

It was the second time this season a driver error has price Leclerc factors, and reigning world champion Verstappen was requested if his better expertise was proving a vital issue within the title battle.

Charles Leclerc dramatically crashed out from the lead of the French GP

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Charles Leclerc dramatically crashed out from the lead of the French GP

Charles Leclerc dramatically crashed out from the lead of the French GP

“It is tough to inform,” the Dutchman responded. “Errors are simply made. So, I do not know. I really feel sorry for him in fact. It is not good and he is aware of that.

“We have nonetheless obtained a variety of races to go and there might be a number of robust weekends for us as nicely.”

Purple Bull staff principal Christian Horner echoed Verstappen’s sentiments in providing his sympathy to Leclerc.

Leclerc says the mistake he made which led to him crashing out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

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Leclerc says the error he made which led to him crashing out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

Leclerc says the error he made which led to him crashing out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable

“The primary factor in the present day was that Charles was OK,” Horner mentioned. “It was a cracking race between the 2 of them in that first stint, and a nasty trying incident.”

“He [Leclerc] is a really robust driver. These two guys are pushing one another so exhausting and these vehicles are proper on the sting in these circumstances. His dangerous luck was our good luck in the present day and it is swung round throughout the course of the yr.”

Horner: Max successfully had observe place earlier than crash

Verstappen utilized intense stress to Leclerc within the opening levels of the race, however having been unable to get previous the Ferrari, got here in for a pit cease on lap 17, at which level it was unclear whether or not the leaders could be utilizing a one or two-stop technique within the excessive warmth of Le Castellet.

Ferrari opted to maintain Leclerc out, including an intriguing battle of methods to the variations in setup the groups had gone into the race with.

Christian Horner says it was a straightforward victory for Verstappen

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Christian Horner says it was a simple victory for Verstappen

Christian Horner says it was a simple victory for Verstappen

Leclerc’s crash reduce quick the competition, leaving each groups to surprise what may need been after the race.

“We hit the button early and went for the undercut,” mentioned Horner, who insisted Purple Bull had pitted Verstappen with the intention of constructing just one cease. “Max successfully obtained observe place. It is a disgrace we did not get to see how that may have performed out.

“At first of the race we have been considering that within the temperatures, it was trying extra like a two-stopper, however the way in which that Max was capable of observe, the tyre temperatures have been really trying fairly underneath management, put on was trying good, we weren’t blistering as a lot because the Ferrari was.

“So we have been feeling fairly robust, which is why we went on an aggressive one-stop. It might have been fascinating to see if Charles would have pitted, he would have had a two-to-three lap benefit of tyre, however it could have been an important battle.”

Verstappen closes out a comprehensive victory at the French Grand Prix with Mercedes securing a double podium behind him

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Verstappen closes out a complete victory on the French Grand Prix with Mercedes securing a double podium behind him

Verstappen closes out a complete victory on the French Grand Prix with Mercedes securing a double podium behind him

Regardless of his vital world championship lead, Verstappen insisted the staff should stay targeted as they put together for subsequent weekend’s Hungarian GP, which is the ultimate race earlier than F1’s summer time break.

“We’re midway solely so there are nonetheless a variety of races to go, and a variety of issues can occur,” Verstappen mentioned. “I do not actually take a look at that lead.

“We nonetheless have a variety of work to do. We’re nonetheless behind over one lap and I do not count on Hungary to be significantly our greatest observe, as a result of I do suppose we’re missing a little bit of downforce in comparison with Ferrari and that is what you want round there.”





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