Charles Leclerc concedes Red Bull and Max Verstappen performed better than Ferrari and outdid the Maranello-based team when it came to managing the tyre. However, the Monegasque points out that Verstappen went in too aggressive while overtaking him.
Following a 3-hour long investigation from the stewards, no further action was taken and Max Verstappen kept his victory as a result. For the second time this season Leclerc had the opportunity to win a race from pole position, but no technical issues thwarted him today, as he came up short in a gripping on-track battle with Max Verstappen.
“Red Bull was very quick today, very good at keeping the tyres better than us. If I feel that the overtake was done rightly - I don’t think the second one was. I believe that anyway the end will have probably been the same but it’s just not the way you overtake, I think.”
The Ferrari driver was confortably sitting on a 5s-lead before a vehemently-paced Verstappen closed the gap and challenged him for the win. According to Leclerc, the move was regarded as part of ‘hard racing’, and was in a way praised for keeping everyone, from the drivers to the audience, well entertained.
“From my side I think it’s racing. -he told motorsport.com in the FIA press conference- We all know there’s a crest in that corner as well, so if you take the crest wrong, because we both went a bit straight on, at one point you run out of room. But it’s hard racing. It’s better than just following each other and having a boring race.”
Leclerc lamented the fact that, following his strong defence, he was pushed off the track and could not hold on and counter-attack. “I did the same thing from the first to the second lap. The only thing that changed from the first to the second lap was contact. And then I had to go wide, I lost quite a bit of time there. As Max said he braked a little deeper. I don’t know if he lost it or not. But then there was the contact. I felt I was quite strong in traction on the first attempt, I managed to have a better traction and kept my position. On the second one I couldn’t do that because I was off-track.”
After the FIA shared the verdict, Leclerc channelled his emotions through social media. “I gave it all. Disappointed for the team but not much we could have done better.”
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