It was all going so well for Charles Leclerc at Paul Ricard, where he led from pole – until disaster struck the Ferrari driver on Lap 18…

    Coming through the apex of Turn 11, the rear of Leclerc's car stepped out and the Monagasque driver swiftly became a passenger, and his destination was inevitable: the tyre barriers, and retirement from the lead of the French Grand Prix.

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    Unhurt, but sounding audibly winded, Leclerc's ire was immediately clear, the word "throttle" mentioned, before he let out a loud scream of frustration that will no doubt ring long in the ears of his Ferrari engineers.

    The cause of the off – Leclerc's third retirement from the lead this season - will surely become clear in due course. In the meantime watch the drama in the video above.