French Grand Prix: Max Verstappen wins after Charles Leclerc crashes out

Ferrari failed to achieve a hat-trick of wins at the French Grand Prix after Leclerc's car spun out of control during lap 18 of the race.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 25 Jul 2022, 08:16 AM
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the French Formula One Grand Prix at Paul Ricard racetrack in Le Castellet, France. (AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the French Formula One Grand Prix at Paul Ricard racetrack in Le Castellet, France. (AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the French Formula One Grand Prix at Paul Ricard racetrack in Le Castellet, France. (AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates after winning the French Formula One Grand Prix at Paul Ricard racetrack in Le Castellet, France.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen extended his lead over others on driver board this season as he finished on top at the French Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen is inching closer to secure his second straight championship title after he edged out Lewis Hamilton last year in a nail-biting finish. Hamilton returned to podium at the Paul Ricard racetrack and created a new record in Formula 1, while his teammate George Russell finished third.

Verstappen's victory in France was helped a bit by a French. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari's ace driver this season, crashed out of the race during the 18th lap. Despite starting at pole position and leading the race until then, Leclerc made the costly mistake on lap 18. His car spun out of control at the 11th corner and crashed into the tyre barrier.

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Leclerc was heard screaming in anger and frustration over the radio just before the crash. He escaped unhurt, but blamed himself for the unforced error. "I've been saying I think I'm performing at my highest level in my career but if I keep doing those mistakes then it's pointless to perform at a very high level," he told Sky Sports television. "I'm losing too many points," said Leclerc at the end of the race.

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This was Verstappen's seventh win in 12 races so far in this year's Formula 1 championship. Verstappen now sits comfortable with a 63 point lead over Leclerc on the driver board with 10 more races to go this season.

Verstappen's Red Bull partner Sergio Perez finished fourth behind both Mercedes drivers. Carlos Sainz, who served a penalty of 10 spots at the starting lineup, finished fifth and was voted Driver of the Day. Fernando Alonso finished sixth for Renault-owned Alpine. McLaren's Lando Norris was seventh and Alpine's Esteban Ocon eighth after overtaking McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo, who finished ninth. Lance Stroll took the final point for Aston Martin.

First Published Date: 25 Jul 2022, 08:16 AM IST
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