Did George Russell Jinx Charles Leclerc & Ferrari F1 With Pre-Race French GP Prediction?

Published 06/21/2021, 8:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates pole position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Charles Leclerc and George Russell are best of friends. Hence the two were pulling each other’s legs in Thursday’s press conference in the build to the French Grand Prix. Leclerc stated that he will have to 53 laps around the circuit, while Russell intervened to state that he will have a lap less, as he hasn’t completed any race this season on time.

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However, Leclerc may seem to have jinxed himself, as he too finished the French Grand Prix with a lap down in sixteenth place. While Russell predicted his race as he too was a lap down. But the takeaway was that Williams driver achieved his best finish this season with a twelfth place position.

Charles Leclerc jinxed himself at Paul Ricard

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In Thursday’s press conference, Leclerc said, “We are driving 53 laps this Sunday,” Russell jumped in and quickly took a dig at himself and said, “Well 53 for you maybe 52 or 51 for me,” both started cracking up, before Leclerc replying, “Let’s wait and see.”

The Ferrari driver may have wished that he shouldn’t assume that he would complete 53 laps of Paul Ricard. Instead, Leclerc fell from seventh on the grid to sixteenth, with a lap down and failed to bring home any points for the Maranello-based team.

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How was George Russell’s weekend at Paul Ricard?

Meanwhile, Russell managed to make another Q2 appearance this season, as the Brit qualified in fourteenth place for Sunday’s race. He ended up gaining two places at the Grand Prix and finished in twelfth. However, he was a lap down and came home empty-handed as he didn’t crack the top-1o.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 4, 2021 Williams’ George Russell in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Now, the 23-year-old waits for the next race in Austria which is scheduled for the upcoming weekend. Seeing that he has improved in his form, Russell is looking forward to earning his first points of the season, when they race at Red Bull Ring next week.

We have seen what the Williams‘ driver is capable of doing this season? Can be consistent and bring a better if not similar performance to Austria? We shall soon find out. But what you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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