Charles Leclerc takes blame for French GP crash in brutally honest interview

Charles Leclerc took full responsibility after his crash out of the lead at the French Grand Prix dealt a devastating blow to his F1 title hopes.

The Ferrari star, who took pole position on Saturday, kept championship leader Max Verstappen at bay early in the race and looked on course to make it back-to-back wins after his victory in Austria two weeks ago.

That was until Leclerc slid off the track and into the barriers at around 100mph, gifting the lead to Verstappen, who went on to win an action-packed race. Lewis Hamilton finished second while George Russell held off Sergio Perez for third.

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The Monegasque star escaped unharmed but the same could not be said for his title hopes, which have been hindered throughout the season so far by poor reliability, dodgy strategy calls and driver error.

Immediately after the crash, Leclerc complained about his throttle before screaming "noooo!" over his radio. However, speaking to Sky Sports F1, he insisted it was a case of driver error.

"A mistake," he confirmed. "I think that I'm performing at the highest level of my career but if I keep doing those mistakes, it's pointless to perform at a very high level.

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"I'm losing too many points. Seven [points lost] in Imola [where he spun towards the end of the race], 25 here because we were probably the strongest car on track today.

"So if we lose the champion by 32 points at the end of the year, I know where those points are coming from and it's unacceptable. I have to get on top of those things."

Leclerc's teammate, Carlos Sainz, who started on the back row due to engine penalties, battled through to finish fifth. However, a bizarre strategy call, which saw him pit near the end of the race for fresh tyres, may have cost him a podium finish.


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