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Verstappen Wins French GP as Leclerc Crashes, Hamilton 2nd

Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, on July 24.

Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, on July 24.

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Le Castellet, France (AP) -- Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix on Sunday after Charles Leclerc crashed out while leading, a mistake that dropped the Ferrari driver 63 points behind the defending Formula One champion.

Verstappen’s seventh win through 12 races this season upped his career total to 27 victories, all with Red Bull. He said his lead in the title race is misleading because Red Bull and Ferrari have been fairly even this season.