Charles Leclerc who won the Italian GP this afternoon has admitted that he has learned lessons from his rival Max Verstappen. These lessons would be more aggressive as he said which helped him to defeat Lewis Hamilton and win the Italian race.
After Leclerc was overtaken by Verstappen early this year in Austrian Grand Prix in a wheel-to-wheel action contact, the decision of the stewards was finally not penalized Verstappen as it's been taken as a normal racing action to let drivers race each other harder afterward.
on Sunday, Leclerc who took the win after made the two drivers enjoy a long battle by resisting a lengthy attack from Lewis Hamilton
and a short one from Bottas
. It had come to a head at the Roggia chicane where Hamilton
looked to pass but Leclerc
squeezed him wide.
Leclerc said: "Since Austria, it's clear we can go a bit further in the way we defend and overtake and just the aggressiveness of us drivers.
"I believe that Austria helped me changed the approach and today it's also thanks to this that I managed to win. It was obviously very on the limit but I'm happy to race like this." - Motorsport.com
"I was aware on the radio I took a black/white flag for moving under braking," said Leclerc. "To be completely honest, I knew he was on the right, he braked a little bit early.
"It was probably on purpose because he didn't want to try to go around the outside. I felt I left a car width. I haven't seen the images but I'm pretty sure I left a car width.
"It's good if we can race harder."
Hamilton was not convinced Leclerc was treated correctly by officials.
"We've constantly asked for consistency," said Hamilton. "There was a rule put in place and it wasn't abided by today. They used a different consequence. I don't really know why that was the case.
"I guess the stewards woke up on a different side of the bed."
Asked by Motorsport.com if he felt Leclerc was on the limit or over it, Hamilton replied: "That's racing, I guess. I had to avoid colliding with him a couple of times. But that's how the racing is today."