Charles Leclerc accepted the blame on Sunday after he crashed whereas main the French Grand Prix for Ferrari, gifting one other triumph to title rival and collection chief Max Verstappen of Purple Bull. The Monegasque driver, who led for 18 laps, misplaced management of his automotive on the high-speed Le Beausset nook the place he spun and slowed earlier than hitting the tyre boundaries. Leclerc was unharmed however distressed at shedding one other attainable victory whereas main for the third time this season and, after screaming in anguish, later stated it was “unacceptable”.
Verstappen took full benefit throughout a security automotive intervention following the crash to take management and go on to say his seventh win this season.
He now leads Leclerc within the title race with 233 factors to 170.
“A mistake — my mistake,” stated Leclerc.
“I believe I’m performing on the highest stage of my profession, but when I hold doing these errors then it’s pointless to carry out at a really excessive stage.
“I’m shedding too many factors. I believe seven at Imola, 25 right here — as a result of truthfully we most likely had been the strongest automotive on observe at present — so if we lose the championship by 32 factors on the finish of the season, I’ll know the place they’re coming from.
“It is unacceptable. I simply have to get on high of these issues.”
Whereas nonetheless in his automotive, following the crash, Leclerc advised he had suffered from a ‘sticking’ throttle, however he didn’t repeat this later and took the blame himself.
He stated he intends to check the info of the accident to see if there was any mechanical fault which led to him shedding management of the rear finish of the automotive.
“I’m going by means of the identical course of on a regular basis, attempt to analyse every thing and at present the snap was a little bit of a bizarre one,” he stated.
“So, I will look into the info and attempt to perceive if there may be something that I have no idea but, however to me it’s a mistake and that is it.”
Leclerc’s misfortune allowed world champion Verstappen to say a crushing victory forward of the 2 Mercedes of seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, having fun with the crew’s first double podium this yr.
Mercedes prolonged their report as the one crew to attain factors in each race this yr whereas Hamilton continued as the one driver to complete every race.
Verstappen was sympathetic to Leclerc, however ruthless in accumulating his factors.
“I am sorry for Charles, however it’s simple to make a mistake,” stated Verstappen. “It could simply occur. I am certain we can have powerful weekends to return, too.
“In fact, it was unfortunate for Charles and I hope he is okay. From there onwards, I simply did my race, sorted the tyres as a result of right here, with the pit lane being so lengthy, you could not do one other cease.”
Verstappen has a 63-point lead over Leclerc forward of subsequent weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the final earlier than the summer time break.
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