Charles Leclerc mentioned his battle to maintain his place on the rostrum on the finish of the British Grand Prix was “on the limit”.
The Ferrari driver misplaced the lead of the race to his staff mate Carlos Sainz Jnr after Ferrari determined to not pit him throughout a Safety Car interval. Sainz did are available and took on a brand new set of sentimental tyres which helped him to move his staff mate on worn laborious rubber.
Leclerc then got here beneath assault from Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez, who had additionally fitted recent tender tyres in the course of the Safety Car interval. He defended laborious however finally misplaced place to each drivers and got here in fourth.
The stewards famous a number of incidents throughout their battle, together with one the place Leclerc ran large at flip 15, however finally determined to not examine any of them. Leclerc mentioned the battle was “quite on the limit.”
“I had to be on the limit to try and and keep my positions,” he defined. “I don’t think I could have done much better than that. It was fun, on the other hand I was very frustrated.”
“In my position, I was on used tyres and all of this was very, very tricky,” he added. “So I just had to use everything that was possible.
“I was always checking that Lewis was a bit behind at the apex, to try and remember the rule and to play with the rules. So I tried to do my best.”
Leclerc efficiently handed Hamilton across the outdoors of the high-speed Copse nook. The pair exchanged locations on the identical flip final yr, the place Hamilton additionally collided with Max Verstappen.
“It was incredibly tricky,” mentioned Leclerc, “and actually as soon as I passed the corner I look in my mirror and I had a flashback of last year.”
Team principal Mattia Binotto gave Leclerc some encouraging phrases after the race however the driver admitted “the disappointment is big for me today.”
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a race. The first lap I broke the front wing and I thought that was over, there was quite a lot of understeer. Then I managed to play around with my toggles and I managed to have a bit more of a strong front.
“Then the pace came back and we were very strong and then the win was feeling more and more possible. Then obviously the Safety Car and that was it, so it’s frustrating.”
Having received two of the primary three races, Leclerc hasn’t received since. He mentioned his misfortune is “costing us a lot of points.”
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