Charles Leclerc sends message to Max Verstappen as Ferrari lose Austrian GP appeal

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Max Verstappen was confirmed as winner of the Austrian Grand Prix after Ferrari failed in their appeal.

Charles Leclerc and Verstappen were involved in an incident toward the end of the race, where both cars bumped tyres.

But Leclerc congratulated Verstappen on his victory and told fans he gave it everything he could.

“I gave it all,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Disappointed for the team but not much we could have done better.

“Congratulations for the win @Max33Verstappen”.

Leclerc was leading the entire race until the Red Bull driver closed the gap in the final few laps.

The two cars were side-by-side, before Verstappen and Leclerc bumped wheels in dramatic fashion.

After losing the lead, Leclerc was quickly on the radio to his team, and he was clearly angry with his rival.

He shouted: “What the hell was that?!”

The stewards were looking at the incident, but ultimately thought the move was legal, and Verstappen was awarded the victory.

Speaking after the race, Leclerc was clearly unhappy.

“I’ll let the stewards decide, but for me in the car it was pretty clear,” he said. “I don’t know how it looked on the outside, but we will see.

“I was on the outside just like the lap before, it was fine because he left the space for the exit on the corner, but he didn’t on the next lap, so we touched and I had to go wide and then obviously I didn’t have another chance to pass back, so it’s a shame.”

Both at 21-years-old, Verstappen and Leclerc were the youngest top two finishers in Formula One history.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton finished in fifth in Austria, while British teenager Lando Norris finished a career-equalling best sixth place for McLaren.

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