A good performance, seen Ferrari's chances this year, with Charles Leclerc finishing the Italian GP at the foot of the podium.
An attacking race for the Monegasque, who tried to overtake Valtteri Bottas until the end, but was unable to find the speed to pass the Finn from Mercedes. A fourth position brought home, and some important points for the Constructors' Championship, considered today's result for McLaren, in what he defined as “one of the top 5 performances of his career”.
I gave it all. As always. I wish we had a bit more to get on the podium today but unfortunately there wasn’t.— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) September 12, 2021
Grazie a tutti per il sostegno continuo. Ho dato veramente tutto. Ci e mancato poco, ma ci riproveremo tra 2 settimane ❤️🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/NbZwNxy8oI
“I gave it all, really everything,” said Leclerc, who at a certain point in the race found himself in second position, behind Ricciardo, after the accident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, that caused a safety car.
“There was not much more [we could] do today,” - he continued - “ I mean every opportunity there was, I tried to take it… As soon as Valtteri passed me, I tried to overtake him again. And I succeeded but they were just too quick, especially [in the] third sector and into Turn 1, and it made us very, very vulnerable to overtaking. So, it was very, very difficult for us to overtake and very easy to get overtaken.”
It was a tough race for the Ferrari driver, who had to deal with the power of the Mercedes engine.
“It wasn’t the easiest of races, but at the end if you look at where we were last year and where we were now, it’s a big step forward,”- said the Monegasque - “We need to keep working like this.”
“On my own performance, honestly, I rate it as [one of] my top five performances in Formula 1,” he added. “I really felt like I had given absolutely everything, so on that I’m happy, but we need to keep working to be fighting for the win very soon,” he added.