The knife-edge French GP Verstappen fight factors that led to Leclerc's costly crash
The tussle for French Grand Prix victory was bubbling up nicely between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, right up until the Ferrari driver made a critical error which handed his Formula 1 world title rival a straightforward path to win and cement his championship advantage. But even though Leclerc owned up to his mistake, how the race unfolded at the front set his costly crash in motion
“Noooo!” The anguish in Charles Leclerc’s scream of frustration as he switched his Ferrari off for the second time while stuck in the Beausset barriers was one of a racer knowing their big chance is slipping away.
Since his Imola off chasing Sergio Perez, pretty much all of Leclerc’s shocking 2022 misfortune had been out of his hands. But his spin on lap 18 of last weekend’s French Grand Prix, ultimately won by Max Verstappen, was all his own doing. And he knew it. Leclerc was alone when everything went so horribly wrong for him at Paul Ricard. Afterwards, he typically fronted up to his own error.
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