Verstappen wins French Grand Prix, Leclerc crashes

Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix to extend his lead in the Formula 1 world championship after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crashed in the lead.

Leclerc triumphed in Austria last time out to put pressure on Red Bull’s Verstappen, but all that work was undone at Le Castellet on Sunday as Ferrari’s string of errors continued this season.

Monaco’s Leclerc, who initially blamed the throttle before taking on the driver’s fault, shouted angrily from the cockpit after turning and hitting the barriers on lap 18 of 53.

It was the third time this season that Leclerc had retired when he was racing and only turned five of his 16 F1 poles to victories.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished a superb second place in the 300th Grand Prix, his team’s best position this season, while teammate George Russell finished third.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo in McLaren finished ninth.

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