Charles Leclerc says that he and Ferrari will look into as to why they lost today’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The home hero had been leading the race beautifully in tricky conditions, but a botched double stack by Ferrari not only cost him the race lead but also a place on the podium, finishing fourth at the chequered flag after being stuck behind Max Verstappen for the second half of the race.
During a Ferrari media session that MotorLAT attended, Leclerc explained why he obeyed the team’s decision to stay out at the very last minute.
“We just had to pit, and I think once I was in the pit lane, I got the message to stay out, but it was too late for me to do anything else, so yeah, there's not much to add to that, but it’s like this. I got the call, and I listened to it, so we didn’t have the time to discuss it because it was at a particular moment, and we had to react to Perez. The first pitstop lost us the lead and the second one also, but it’s like this also (we’ll) work from there and get better.”
The decision to keep the Monegasque out at the very last minute has already triggered an internal inquiry, but whatever the outcome of the meeting, it has been yet another weekend of hurt at home for the former championship leader, who now trails Max Verstappen by nine points heading into the Azerbaijan Grand Prix held in a fortnight.
“Obviously, it was a complex situation, and we’ll have quite a bit of meeting in the coming days to understand that as a team, so for now, we still need to discuss a bit more into the details. It’s disappointing, and it hurts, especially at home, but it’s the way it is, and I will try and understand.
"Today we had everything to win the pace was very strong; the first stint, I was managing extremely well in the wet, but then, unfortunately, everything went against us, so it hurts at home, but it’s life, and we’ll come back stronger.”