Verstappen 'feels sorry' for Leclerc | 'Mistakes are easily made'
French GP winner Max Verstappen said he "felt sorry" for world championship rival Charles Leclerc after the Ferrari driver crashed out from the lead of the race.Leclerc and Verstappen appeared set for another thrilling battle after the Ferrari had held off the Red Bull in the opening stages, but the lap-18 crash left Verstappen to cruise to a straightforward victory, which extended his world championship lead to 63 points.
Red Bull superstar Max Verstappen unleashed a furious tirade about the FIA and claimed drivers are treated 'like amateurs'. That comment was made in reference to this season's stricter take on track limits and how the measures might be improved.
The Dutchman aired his frustrations after a difficult qualiying session ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, where he and team-mate Sergio Perez will start 10th and 11th, respectively. Verstappen was particularly incensed after partner Perez initially had his Q2 time scrapped for a track infringement, only for stewards to realise 'Checo' had indeed remained in bounds.
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CHARLES LECLERC has a mountain to climb in the F1 Drivers' Championship this season.Having claimed pole in Saturday's qualifying, Leclerc then held off Verstappen in the early stages of Sunday's race. However, when the pressure was applied, the 24-year-old failed to hold his nerve.
"Drivers as well last year said that we had to be more clear and strict on what we were going to chase in terms of track limits but for example, last night they started talking about turn 13, the exit," railed the reigning world champion. "But there is a kerb and a white line next to it which for me personally is the track edge.
"We just have so many silly little things which make it also difficult for them to police. I don't know. As drivers, we always want to help and give our advice but nothing is heard and for me, that is extremely frustrating.
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"I don't want to fight with them, I just want to advise them but it seems like they don't really care and they actually, for my feeling, look at us a bit like we are amateurs and I don't think that is correct."
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CHARLES LECLERC let a huge opportunity to close the gap on Max Verstappen in the title race slip when he crashed out of the lead at the French Grand Prix.The Monegasque driver desperately needed a good result to keep his fading title hopes alive but he gifted rival Max Verstappen the win - and perhaps the championship - with his error. It means the Dutchman cruised to a seventh win in 12 races to move 63 points clear of Leclerc with 10 races to go.
It's not the first time this season that the debate over track boundaries has come to the fore this term, with Red Bull also experiencing problems at the Austrian GP earlier in July. Verstappen has advocated for circuit boundaries to be lined with more gravel so that drivers will immediately feel the disadvantage should they stray.
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The 24-year-old added it's "easier said than done" to just stay within the white lines painted around each track, but gravel would have a more visceral effect. Verstappen had already suggested Sunday's race at the Hungaroring could play in Ferrari's favour, and qualifying results certainly support that notion.
Charles Leclerc sits 63 points off the leader in second and is looking to bounce back after he retired as leader for the third time this season last time out. Mercedes' George Russell is the surprise pole-sitter after finishing fastest in Hungary, while Lewis Hamilton will line up in seventh.
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MAX VERSTAPPEN enjoys a healthy 80-point lead over Charles Leclerc in the Drivers Championship.It leaves Leclerc over three race victories behind Verstappen in the points standings at the summer break. Red Bull have also opened up a 97-point advantage over Ferrari in the constructors' standings.