Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve commented on Charles Leclerc’s crash at the French GP and said that the Ferrari driver is setting an example of how not to win a Driver’s Championship.
Leclerc’s title hopes were delivered a big blow on Sunday (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Leclerc crashed in Lap 18 of the French GP
- It was the third time the Ferrari driver had to retire while leading a race.
- Villeneuve opened up on the big difference between Verstappen and Leclerc
Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has claimed that Charles Leclerc is setting an example of how not to win a Driver’s Championship in F1 after his crash at the French Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver was leading at the Circuit Paul Ricard and seemed to be in control of things. With Max Verstappen pitting, Leclerc had a comfortable cushion over his title rival. However, disaster struck in the 18th lap of the race as the Monegasque driver’s Ferrari spun and crashed into the barricades, thereby ending his race.
This is the third time this season Leclerc had to retire his car after leading a race and now he trails Verstappen by 63 points in the Driver’s standings. Writing on his Formule1.nl column, Villeneuve commented on how things are unraveling for the 24-year-old this season.
He said that the French GP was good and we were in for a proper tussle between the two title rivals as both were on the same pace. The former World Champion also pointed out the difference between Verstappen and Leclerc saying that even if the Red Bull driver is beaten in a race by his rival, he would ensure that he will at least finish in second position. By this the reigning world champion would ensure that the gap between both men don’t shrink up quickly.
“The race was good, but could have been so much better. With the enormous heat, we had all the ingredients for a great fight.
“Leclerc and Verstappen were on the same pace, only Leclerc makes another mistake he shouldn’t make. He admits it himself, he doesn’t deserve the Championship this way. I don’t get it either, in Austria he withstood the pressure perfectly.
“That’s the big difference with Verstappen, this doesn’t happen to him. And when he is beaten by Leclerc he often ends up second, that way that huge gap won’t shrink quickly.
“And so, we have a championship with two more or less equal cars, but where one has a big lead. It is the best example of how you will not win a championship,” said Villeneuve.
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