Mission failed: Charles Leclerc tries to get revenge on Lando Norris

Charles Leclerc crashed out of the French Grand Prix as Lando Norris finished seventh.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc got up to some mischief ahead of the French Grand Prix on Sunday when he tried to spin McLaren driver Lando Norris’ hat.

The Briton was giving an interview to Sky Sports’ Rachel Brookes, explaining that he did not have any serious concerns about the high temperatures for the race after the drivers had finished their parade laps.

Leclerc came off the grid just behind the 22-year-old, and an idea instantly popped into his head – he wanted to spin Norris’ hat around.

Both Leclerc and Norris were wearing their hats backwards, so the brim was pointing back at the Monegasque as he approached.

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The Ferrari driver then removed his cap and put it back on the right way around, and he was about to pounce on Norris, before a fan came up to him asking for a selfie, so Leclerc duly obliged.

Fan duties tended to, Leclerc was back on the hunt, and he seized his moment when he got close enough to the six-time podium finisher, reaching over to grab his hat and spin it around.

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When he did though, the success was very limited indeed. The hat only came round slightly, and Norris escaped with his headwear still very much on, and mostly the way it was before the 24-year-old’s intervention.

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Leclerc would go on to crash out of the lead of the race having started on pole, while Lando Norris had to settle for finishing behind Fernando Alonso in P7 after starting fifth, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo came home ninth behind the other Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

The result moves the French side ahead of McLaren and into fourth in the Constructors’ Standings.

The other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz recovered from 19th on the grid to finish fifth as Max Verstappen won the race, while Max Verstappen won ahead of the Mercedes duo of Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who both passed Sergio Perez as the Mexican ended up in fourth.

Red Bull now lead Ferrari by 82 points in the team’s title battle.