Ferrari suffered yet another nightmarish outing at Grand Prix as its leading driver Charles Leclerc crashed out during his quest to win the French Grand Prix on Sunday (July 24). Despite starting off in pole position and keeping their rival Max Verstappen at bay, Leclerc's tyres failed to give him the required grip as his car spanned out and slammed into the barriers at high speed.
Although Leclerc didn't suffer any serious injury and was claimed to be safe, he expressed his furiousness by screaming over the team's radio. Ferrari's woes didn't stop there as their other driver Carlos Sainz delivered a disappointing performance, not managing a podium finish despite being in a good position as he was asked to pit for new tyres with 10 laps to go.
Leclerc's crash dropped him further behind reigning champion Max Verstappen in the title race, as the former came into the French GP, 38 points behind the Red Bull driver. Lewis Hamilton had a perfect opportunity to pace up his performance after Leclerc's crash, but Mercedes's inability to match with the pace of Red Bull cost the seven-time champion his game.
While Leclerc was out of contention, Verstappen took to the radio to ask about his rival after that crash. "Is he alright?" Max queried. "Yes, I am told he is okay Max, thanks for asking," was the response from the Red Bull pit wall. The race resumed with Verstappen in the lead, while his 2021 title rival Lewis Hamilton ran P2.
Speaking of results, Verstappen capitalize after Charles Leclerc crashed out to win the French Grand Prix and extend his championship lead. However, Mercedes had a great time at the French Grand Prix as seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton finished second and his teammate George Russell came third, implying a double podium finish for Mercedes.