‘S*** happens’: Max Verstappen feels no sympathy for Charles Leclerc after taking advantage of his Ferrari rival’s engine failure to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and open up a 21-point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings

Max Verstappen spared no sympathy for Charles Leclerc after the Dutchman took advantage of a race-ending engine failure for his Ferrari Formula One rival to cruise to an unchallenged win in Azerbaijan on Sunday. ‘I would say s*** happens, that’s racing, you know?’ ‘It happened to me, it happened to many people in the past and unfortunately it’s happening to Charles. Verstappen’s win on Sunday, his fifth from eight races this season, allowed him to open up a commanding lead in the overall standings. He is now 21 points ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who completed a one-two behind Verstappen on Sunday, with Leclerc 34 points adrift having dropped to third. Sunday’s failure was the second time in three races that Leclerc had retired from the lead. Verstappen has himself been sidelined twice by reliability woes this year and trailed Leclerc by 46 points after the opening three races of the season.

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