Racing out to a 63-point lead in the Drivers’ standings, Lewis Hamilton reckons it will be “pretty smooth sailing” to second World title for Max Verstappen.
Although the Scuderia have emerged as Red Bull’s main rival for this year’s title, it seems every step forward it followed by one backward.
Charles Leclerc made minor inroads into Verstappen’s lead at Silverstone and again at the Red Bull Ring only to throw it away at the French Grand Prix.
The Monégasque driver weathered the early pressure from Verstappen and, having seemingly ended his challenge, went and lost it at Turn 11.
Instead of again eking into the Dutchman’s lead, he left the Paul Ricard circuit with his championship hopes in tatters, the gap up to 63 points.
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“I am gutted for Charles,” Hamilton said. “He has been doing a great job.
“But it is not easy to have…