Leclerc gives verdict on Verstappen winning title after Sprint Race

Charles Leclerc won the first Sprint Race of 2023 in Baku, while Max Verstappen won the Austria and Belgium Sprints


Charles Leclerc says winning a championship on a Saturday after a Sprint Race is part of the sport as Max Verstappen looks set to become the first Formula 1 champion following a Sprint.

In a case of irony for the champion-elect, who dislikes the concept of F1 Sprint Races in the sport, he looks primed to claim his third consecutive crown.

“Maybe it will be something different,” Leclerc told the media. “But it’s also very difficult to predict whenever one is going to win the championship, and at the beginning of the year I don’t think many people would not have bet that it would be so early.

“We can think but then it’s also part of those Sprints [Races] that if we have those weekends, there’s the chance of something a bit more exciting happening on the Saturday when less people are watching.”

Permutations for Verstappen

Verstappen simply needs to score three points to claim his latest F1 drivers’ championship at the 2023 Qatar GP this weekend.

He can do this in the Sprint Race on Saturday by finishing sixth or higher. Alternatively, if Perez fails to finish in the top three in the Sprint, Verstappen will be champion.

6th in the Sprint Race: Verstappen wins the title, regardless of whatever Perez does.

7th in the Sprint Race: Perez must win the to delay the champion-elect, who could easily win the crown the following day by finishing 10th or better.

8th in the Sprint Race: Perez must finish in the top two to stop Verstappen being champion

If he fails to score in the Sprint Race: Verstappen will still win if Perez finishes 4th or lower.

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