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 approach to go and he just isn’t getting carried away after successful the French Grand Prix
French Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen stated 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 one more thrilling battle after the Ferrari had held off the Pink 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 workforce 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 top, sadly we by no means acquired to that, however fortunately Charles is okay,” stated 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 an important issue within the title battle.
Charles Leclerc dramatically crashed out from the lead of the French GP
“It is troublesome to inform,” the Dutchman responded. “Errors are simply made. So, I do not know. I really feel sorry for him after all. It isn’t good and he is aware of that.
“We have nonetheless acquired loads of races to go and there might be just a few robust weekends for us as nicely.”
Pink Bull workforce principal Christian Horner echoed Verstappen’s sentiments in providing his sympathy to Leclerc.
Leclerc says the error he made which led to him crashing out of the French Grand Prix was unacceptable
“The principle factor right now was that Charles was OK,” Horner stated. “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 laborious and these automobiles are proper on the sting in these situations. His dangerous luck was our good luck right now and it is swung round through the course of the 12 months.”
Horner: Max successfully had monitor place earlier than crash
Verstappen utilized intense strain 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 simple victory for Verstappen
Leclerc’s crash minimize 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,” stated Horner, who insisted Pink Bull had pitted Verstappen with the intention of constructing just one cease. “Max successfully acquired monitor place. It is a disgrace we did not get to see how that will have performed out.
“Initially 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 in a position to observe, the tyre temperatures have been truly 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 awesome battle.”
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 workforce should stay centered as they put together for subsequent weekend’s Hungarian GP, which is the ultimate race earlier than F1’s summer season break.
“We’re midway solely so there are nonetheless loads of races to go, and loads of issues can occur,” Verstappen stated. “I do not actually take a look at that lead.
“We nonetheless have loads of work to do. We’re nonetheless behind over one lap and I do not count on Hungary to be notably our greatest monitor, 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.”