Charles Leclerc is completely disappointed after the race in Turkey. The Monegasque has lost the chance to get his third podium of the season a few metres away from the chequered flag.
Charles qualyfied yesterday in fourtheenth positions, after three good free practice sessions, but managed to start in twelve thanks to McLaren drivers' penalites. He was on the weeter side of the track, so his start was not that good. But Ferrari's strategy was on point and Charles pitted after seven laps to wear intermediates. From there on, Leclerc showed a very good pace until he manged to overtake Vettel and put himself in fourth position. With Verstappen making a mistake towards the end, Leclerc gained a position, he was already on podium but it wasn't enough for him: he tried to overtake Perez during the last lap, but he made a mistake and Vettel took the position back.
He ended the race in fourth, while Vettel conquers his first podium of the season. The monegasque frustration is evident from his team radio after the race.
“I am extremely disappointed with myself - said Charles - I messed it up in the last corner and there’s not much else to say really, because in the end it’s the result that counts.
"My start was bad, from the dirty side of the track, but then things went better and in the middle part of the race we were extremely quick and I did a good job of catching up with the leading group that had been several seconds in front, but then I threw everything in the bin at the end. I am sorry for the team, as we could have finished second today. On the other hand, I am pleased for Seb as he has had a difficult season so far and completely deserves this first podium.”