Leclerc had to retire early, taking full responsibility for his mistake
Charles Leclerc was looking good in Formula 1‘s French GP on Sunday, starting very well before crashing and having to retire before the midway point.
Afterwards, Mercedes‘ podium duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were picked up on camera chatting about the incident that saw Leclerc have to retire.
“He just made a mistake, huh?” Hamilton questioned, having seen replays in the cool down room after the race and ahead of their podium celebrations.
But a Red Bull representative disputed Hamilton’s observation.
“No; throttle blockage,” they said, which left Russell confused, and he then questioned the Red Bull official.
“Yes, that’s what he said on the radio,” Russell was told, having questioned the blockage.
“Wait,” Russell then interjected, “his throttle came back in.”
Leclerc takes blame for French GP crash
Leclerc, for what it’s worth, took full responsibility for his inability to finish the race on Sunday, which Max Verstappen eventually won comfortably.
“I think it’s just a mistake,” Leclerc said afterwards. “Tried to take too much around the outside, put a wheel probably somewhere dirty, but it’s my fault and if I keep doing mistakes like this then I deserve not to win the championship.
“I’m losing too many points, I think seven in Imola, 25 here because honestly we were the strongest car on track today.
“So yes, if we lose the championship by 32 points at the end of the season, I will know from where they are coming from. And it’s unacceptable, I just need to get on top of those things.”