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To: 07/24/2022 17:26

After Ferrari’s next debacle by Charles Leclerc, world champion Max Verstappen races to defend the Formula 1 title.

On the hook: Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari is kidnapped by the marshals after hitting the barriers.

Image: Eric Gaillard/Pool Reuters via AP/dpa

In the heat of France, the Dutchman steered his Red Bull to his seventh win of the season on Sunday after Leclerc, who was second in the World Championship, left the track early and swore violently in the car after the mistake.

“It’s unfortunate for Charles, I hope he’s okay,” Verstappen said after the race: “I’ve just driven my race. There’s still work to do, we’ll keep going.”

Hamilton celebrates his best result of the season

In the 300th race of his Formula 1 career, Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes achieved his best result of the year in second place, while teammate George Russell secured third place at Le Castellet.

“It was a tough race and it’s a great result,” said Hamilton. “Reliability is now one of our great strengths. It’s worth keeping pushing and persevering.”

Leclerc blames himself

Leclerc argued: “I made a mistake at the wrong time. I’m performing at the highest level of my career, but when these mistakes happen, it’s bad,” a frustrated Leclerc said: “We probably had the strongest car here.”

On the hook: Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari is kidnapped by the marshals after hitting the barriers.

Image: Eric Gaillard/Pool Reuters via AP/dpa

However, the 24-year-old did not want to blame his third failure of the current season on a technical fault: “I tried to put the pressure on and I lost the back. It’s unacceptable” , said Leclerc, who previously had a problem. with had complained about the accelerator pedal.

After the twelfth of the 22 rounds of the season, Verstappen has again passed Leclerc to 63 points in the general classification and is on track to clinch his second title in a row. On the other hand, there was nothing to count for ex-world champion Sebastian Vettel, who finished eleventh in the Aston Martin. Mick Schumacher failed in his attempt to collect points for the third consecutive time and finished only 15th.

Asphalt hotter than 50 degrees

With extreme temperatures on the asphalt well over 50 degrees, Leclerc got off to a perfect start and defended his pole position against last year’s winner Verstappen. Only Hamilton came close to the leading duo at the start of his 300th Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows star was only the sixth driver to break that barrier, but the seven-time world champion still has a long way to go to set Kimi Raikkonen’s record. For a long time, the 37-year-old couldn’t keep up with Leclerc and Verstappen, both unstoppable up front, while Hamilton had to defend against the pursuers.

Beyond the points, Mick Schumacher tried to come back from 17th position. The 23-year-old had to start from the back after his qualifying time was canceled for a rule violation on Saturday. After Schumacher recently scored two world championship points, the field only moved slowly. A collision with Zhou Guanyu in the Alfa Romeo, including a spin, sent him back at the very end on the 23rd round. Vettel also had to be patient after starting from position 12 and couldn’t free himself from his position in midfield.

the pressure from the start

Verstappen put Leclerc under enormous pressure, and the first overtaking attempt failed on lap seven. After the successes of Carlos Sainz (in Great Britain) and his Ferrari teammate Leclerc (in Austria), Verstappen finally wanted to return to the top after a month without a win and did not give up.

However, overtaking is difficult at Circuit Paul Ricard, so in the past racing on the French Riviera was usually quite boring.

Exit at turn eleven

It got exciting when Verstappen came back after changing tires and Leclerc lost control of his car on lap 18. At turn eleven the Ferrari flew off the track, Leclerc could no longer hold the car. The third failure of the season had the Ferrari star swearing loudly over the radio before being driven back to the pits on a scooter. After the race was released, Verstappen confidently defended the top spot from Hamilton, who had won in France in 2018 and 2019.

Lecler’s stable rival Sainz has made his way through the pack. The Spaniard had had engine parts replaced in recent days and received a penalty that placed him at the bottom of the grid. He was third with twelve laps to go, a five-second penalty because the team let him go dangerously early after a tire change, but that put extra pressure on the 27-year-old.

At the top, Verstappen performed his program impressively and was not stopped by temperatures above 30 degrees or by the pursuers.

Source: sportschau.de

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