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‘It was looking good for victory’ – Leclerc says he ‘cannot hide disappointment’ after falling to P4 at end of British GP | Formula 1®

Charles Leclerc was wanting properly positioned within the British Grand Prix to take his first victory since Melbourne again in April. That was till a late Safety Car put the benefit into the palms of Ferrari crew mate Carlos Sainz, who handed Leclerc earlier than claiming his first win, as Leclerc took P4.

Starting P3 on the grid on the Lap 3 race restart – coming after an unpleasant pair of crashes involving Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon on Lap 1 – Leclerc quickly closed up behind Sainz, the Spaniard having taken the lead after Max Verstappen suffered damage and dropped down the order.

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Leclerc was allowed previous on Lap 31 of 52, however when a Safety Car was known as eight laps later, Sainz, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez behind pitted for brand spanking new mushy tyres, as Leclerc remained on his used hards within the lead – Sainz then passing as green-flag racing resumed, leaving Leclerc to heroically attempt to fend off Perez and Hamilton. He was unable to, nonetheless, ultimately coming dwelling a “disappointed” P4.

“The very last part really [didn’t work out] just from the Safety Car onwards,” mentioned Leclerc. “Before that. We had been extraordinarily fast, simply the primary lap [where Leclerc made contact with Perez at the restart] I assumed it was over. I noticed the entrance wing fly off and I used to be like, ‘that doesn’t look good.’

“But after that, we managed to seek out the precise steadiness, modified slightly bit the instruments, modified slightly bit the driving and all was wanting good for a victory. But clearly with the Safety Car on the finish, we determined to go away the lead automobile out and to pit the [trailing] automobile, which was myself and Carlos, and it didn’t repay for me, so it’s a giant disappointment.

“On the other hand, it’s great for Carlos, it’s a dream come true for him I’m sure, but I cannot hide my disappointment too on my own race. It’s disappointing.”

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Asked, in the meantime, whether or not he’d be asking some looking out questions within the Ferrari debrief, Leclerc mentioned he wished to get a way of the total image earlier than he judged the crew’s actions in maintaining him out below the Safety Car – whereas including that he’d not less than loved scrapping with Perez and Hamilton within the remaining laps.

“From the outside, until you get all the full details of one decision, it’s very difficult to comment,” mentioned Leclerc. “Of course the frustration is excessive, as a result of the tip result’s that my race has been very troublesome after that. I used to be simply making an attempt to do my greatest to maintain the vehicles behind however clearly on a brand new mushy and a used exhausting, it’s fairly a giant distinction.

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“It was fun, the last half of the race was very, very tricky, on the limit everywhere, but that’s what I had to do to try and keep the positions, and I don’t think I could have done much better. I’ll just analyse with the team to understand if there’s anything we could have done better there.”

The outcome means Leclerc still holds P3 in the drivers’ standings – championship chief Verstappen ending the race seventh after his injury – though Sainz’s victory means he now sits simply 11 factors behind in P4.

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