CHARLES LECLERC was leading the French Grand Prix before a heavy crash.
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Charles Leclerc is out of the French Grand Prix after crashing from the lead. The Ferrari star lost control of his car in sector two as he was pushing to extend his advantage over Max Verstappen.
The Red Bull star had just pitted for hard tyres with Leclerc opting to stay out on his used medium tyres. As Verstappen chased down his rival, Leclerc was caught spinning into the wall at the fast turn 11.
The Ferrari driver appeared to catch the white line on the exit of the corner which was enough to spin him around due to his worn rubber.
Leclerc tried to reverse out of the wall after making contact with the barrier but his efforts were futile. Moments later, the Ferrari star was caught screaming down the team radio moments as his team asked about his condition.
The Monegasque also appeared to reveal part of the reason behind the accident. His race engineer asked: “Are you OK?
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Charles Leclerc is out of the French GP (Image: Twitter / F1)
However, Leclerc shouted back: “I cannot go off throttle! NOOOOOOOO!” It comes just two weeks after Leclerc complained of throttle issues at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Leclerc was able to hold onto victory in Spielberg but the issue made for a tense end.
Former Mercedes star Nico Rosberg did not put the blame on Leclerc when analysing the accident. The 2016 world champion said the issue was “mid corner” and it would be “unusual” for a driver to lose the car at that stage.
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Charles Leclerc lost control at turn 11 (Image: Twitter / F1)
He instead placed blame on Ferrari, suggesting there was “something wrong with the car”.
Rosberg explained: “What a horrible way to end the race there for Charles, I must really say that there must be something wrong with the car there because it was mid-corner where you’re saving tyres and you’re staying away from the limit there.
“It would be so unusual for a world-class driver to lose the car there. I really think there was something wrong with that Ferrari.”