Charles Leclerc gets his own parking lot at Paul Ricard

Charles Leclerc suffered heartbreak when he crashed out of the lead of the French Grand Prix.

A Formula 1 fan has given Charles Leclerc his own parking space at the Paul Ricard Circuit after his crash there during the French Grand Prix.

The Monegasque had taken his seventh pole position of the season in France which, discounting Monaco, is very close indeed to his home race.

It was further proof that the Scuderia have a quicker car on pure pace than Red Bull, who themselves have taken four poles this season between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Carlos Sainz was forced to start down in 19th in the other Ferrari after he took a grid penalty for an engine failure in Austria.

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Leclerc held Verstappen off in the opening exchanges, wearing out the Dutchman’s tyres as he as forced to stay behind his fellow 24-year-old on a hot summer’s day.

The reigning champion pitted as a result of his overheating tyres, and this gave Leclerc a comfortable margin over Sir Lewis Hamilton.

With Verstappen stopping early, Ferrari had a chance to send Leclerc long and put him on fresher tyres towards the end.

Staying out on rubber that still had life left was also beneficial in case there was a Safety Car. That Safety Car was deployed, but it was caused by Leclerc himself.

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The five-time race winner lost the back end going through Le Bousset at Turn 11, and could not quite catch it as the F1-75 slipped away from.

The Monegasque ended up in the wall and out of the race and, to make matters worse, he could not make reverse gear work, so he was forced to admit defeat and retire from the race.

Leclerc’s mistake drew plenty of sympathy at the time, but fans can now look back and laugh about it.

One went on a plane simulator to prove that an aircraft could take off with the amount of run-off there is on the exit of Le Bousset, and the meme page has now added some amusing features on Google Maps.

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They have added in a restaurant named “Leclerc Corner” on the barrier, with “Leclerc’s Hopes and Dreams” sitting a little further along where his car hit the wall.

At the beginning of the blue run-off strip sits “Leclerc Private Parking” – it is safe to say the Ferrari driver has not quite lived the crash down just yet.

Verstappen would win the race from Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with Perez coming home fourth ahead of Sainz in fifth.

The 24-year-old was denied another win a week later in Budapest when a bizarre strategy call sent him from first down to sixth.

Another Verstappen win, from 10th on the grid, takes the now 28-time race winner 80 points clear of Leclerc in the Drivers’ Standings.