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Verstappen happy with French GP result after Leclerc’s misfortune

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JULY 24: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 24, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen is happy with his French Grand Prix victory after Charles Leclerc’s retirement.

The Dutch driver was able to clinch the victory at Paul Ricard after championship rival Leclerc crashed out of the race due to technical issues. Verstappen complimented his pace and felt sorry for the Monegasque’s misfortune.

“I think we had a really good pace from the start. I was putting pressure on Charles, but following around here with this heat, the tires are overheating a lot. I could never really go for a move, only once into turn 11. We just tried to stay calm, tried to stay close.

“We pitted a bit earlier. From there onwards you never know how the race is going to go. The car was quick today, and of course unlucky for Charles, I hope he’s okay.

“From there onwards I just did my race. I looked after the tires, because of the pitlane being so long.

“I always try to get as many points as possible. Sometimes you just have to pull out and wait for the end of the race. That’s what we did.

“There are still plenty of races to come where we need to score points. In that respect, I think today was a great day.”

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