LE CASTELLET, France — Defending System One 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 tire wall. Leclerc couldn’t communicate at first, respiratory closely in his helmet earlier than telling his group the mishap was attributable to 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.
Later, Leclerc stated the crash was attributable to his mistake.
“We’ll add issues up on the finish of the season, but when we’re 25 or 30 factors brief on the season I can solely blame myself,” Leclerc stated. “I couldn’t back down, however these are small particulars. You simply can’t put a automobile into the wall.”
Perez completed fourth forward of Sainz, who took a bonus level for quickest lap.
Sainz had handed Russell and Perez when his group informed him to pit for brand spanking new tires with 10 laps left.
“Come on, guys, I can’t consider you informed me to field then,” a pissed off Sainz stated. “I don’t know why we boxed … I don’t perceive.”