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Verstappen wins French GP as Leclerc crashes out | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Hamilton and Russell handed Mercedes their first double podium this season.

Max Verstappen cruised to victory within the French GP – taking his seventh win this season – after benefitting from Charles Leclerc crashing out of the lead. Mercedes scored their first double podium this season, with Lewis Hamilton second and George Russell third.

  • Verstappen wins, 10.587 secs forward of Hamilton
  • Leads championship by 63 factors
  • Leclerc crashes out of lead

Leclerc admits fault for French GP crash

After a sequence of missed alternatives, Leclerc has been seeking to claw again some factors within the championship battle. Ferrari pulled off the proper tow technique to make sure Leclerc began on pole, however tyre degradation was nonetheless a key concern, particularly with the rising temperatures.

The Ferrari driver did nicely to guard his lead within the early levels of the race, and even managed pulling out of DRS vary from Verstappen. However he made a vital error on lap 18. Coming by means of Flip 11, the rear of his automobile stepped out and he crashed into the boundaries.

Talking after the race, a visibly upset Leclerc admitted fault for the crash. That is the third time this yr that he has retired from the lead of a race and it places him 63 factors behind Verstappen now.

Verstappen wins to increase title lead

It was easy crusing for Verstappen from there on, as he went on to clinch his seventh victory this yr. “I believe we had actually good tempo from the beginning,” he stated.

“I used to be placing stress on Charles. However following round right here with this warmth, the tyres are overheating, I might by no means actually go for a transfer, solely as soon as into Flip 11. However we simply tried to remain calm, attempt to keep shut. After all, we pitted a bit early and from then onwards you by no means understand how the race goes to go. However the automobile was fast right now, and naturally unfortunate for Charles – I hope he’s okay.”

“From there onwards I simply did my race, sorted the tyres, and due to the pit lane being so lengthy, you couldn’t do one other cease, so that you needed to keep out, however the tyres had been carrying rather a lot. It was all about taking care of the tyres till the top.”

Double podium for Mercedes

Hamilton completed simply over 10 seconds behind in second place, making his fourth consecutive podium look.

There was a fierce battle for third place, with Ferrari’s remaining driver Carlos Sainz, Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez and Mercedes’ George Russell all in competition.

After ranging from 19th on the grid on account of engine penalties, Sainz had fought his means up the order.  On lap 31, he handed Perez to maneuver as much as third place, however he nonetheless had a five-second time penalty to fret about (handed to him for an unsafe launch). Ferrari opted to pit him for recent tyres quickly after, citing tyre life as a priority, and he served his penalty within the pits. However this dropped him all the best way right down to ninth place with only a handful of laps to go.

This left Russell and Perez to battle it out for last podium spot. The 2 made contact at Flip 8, however Russell ended up gaining the higher hand. Sainz recovered to complete fifth.

McLaren and Alpine had been degree on factors heading into the French GP, however with Fernando Alonso (P6)  ending forward of Lando Norris (P7), and Esteban Ocon (P8) forward of Daniel Ricciardo (P9), Alpine moved forward within the standings. Lance Stroll accomplished the highest 10 after warding off teammate Sebastian Vettel in a final lap scrap.

Up subsequent on the calendar is the Hungarian GP on July 29-31.

2022 French GP outcomes

2022 French GP outcomes
Pos Driver Staff
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull Racing
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 George Russell Mercedes
4 Sergio Perez Pink Bull Racing
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine
7 Lando Norris McLaren
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
13 Alexander Albon Williams
14 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
15 Mick Schumacher Haas
16 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
NC Nicholas Latifi Williams
NC Kevin Magnussen Haas
NC Charles Leclerc Ferrari
NC Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri

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