All eyes were on Leclerc driving his championship hopes into the Paul Ricard barriers. "First retirement!" we whooped. "Biggest loser of the race!" we salivated. But no. Missed by the cameras, Yuki Tsunoda quietly retired his damaged car following an earlier clash with Ocon. That and a beige flag makes Yuki our finest failure in France by some margin.
Haas's trip to France was a stinker. A pitlane start, bad tyre degradation, a poorly timed pit stop, Mick Schumacher hitting Zhou, and a race-ending clash with Latifi for Kevin Magnussen. "We struggled a little bit," said Mick after the race. And then some. The biggest losing constructor of France 2022.
TRACK POINTS IN FRANCE: DRIVERS
Finish: Schumacher 5 | Bottas 4 | Albon 3 | Gasly 2 | Vettel 1
Retirement: Latifi 10 | Leclerc 10 | Magnussen 10 | Tsunoda 10 | Zhou 10 | Zhou shown as finishing^, but definitely stopped on track
Earliest Exit: Tsunoda 5
Biggest Drop: Bottas 5 | Dropped three places
Raceday Special (biggest teammate gap): Perez 5 | Ended three places behind Verstappen
Beige Flag: Tsunoda 10 | A bit slow to catch this one, but he's been labelled as a "problem child"^ – ouch
TRACK POINTS IN FRANCE: CONSTRUCTORS
Finish: Haas 5 | Alfa Romeo 4 | Williams 3 | AlphaTauri 2 | Aston Martin 1Retirement: Alfa Romeo 10 | AlphaTauri 10 | Ferrari 10 | Haas10 | Williams 10
Beige Flag: Haas 10 | Former League hero Nikita Mazepin is suing his former team^
Very quickly, we'll find ourselves at the Hungarian grand prix (see the calendar here) and then in a long summer break. We'll come up with new Punts during the summer break, and start to introduce bribe points.
Meanwhile, the season is disappearing faster than Lord Lucan playing hide and seek. Fix up your ailing team: eject your team members now.