CHARLES LECLERC could not fairly move Max Verstappen to take a second consecutive win of the season.
F1 preview: A lap of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
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Charles Leclerc praised Max Verstappen’s racecraft after an epic battle for victory within the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Ferrari star stated “each race must be like this” after the pair battled for a number of laps across the tight Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
The championship chief stated Verstappen “did an amazing job” and added “it was a enjoyable race” between the 2 main drivers of the season thus far. After the race, Leclerc stated: “It wasn’t sufficient in the present day however oh my god, I actually loved the race.
“Once more, it was onerous racing however truthful. Each race must be like this. It was enjoyable. I’m in fact disenchanted – I wished to win in the present day. It was very, very tough. I attempted to have the DRS within the final nook. It labored twice, however it didn’t the final time.
“We have been fast within the corners however fairly gradual within the straights as a result of we put extra downforce, so it was extraordinarily tough to cowl Max within the straights. However it’s like this – he did an amazing job and it was a enjoyable race.”
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Charles Leclerc praised Verstappen after the race (Picture: Getty)
The Monegasque was then requested whether or not there was mutual respect between him and Vertapapen after their epic battle.
He stated: “Sure, it’s at all times been there. Particularly if you end a race like this. We’re in a avenue monitor, we’ve been pushing… and we take dangers on the finish – so in fact there may be respect, however a bit disenchanted.”
Leclerc was forward of Verstappen earlier than a digital security automotive interval in direction of the latter levels This helped Verstappen shut up earlier than the DRS zone on the again straight and he quickly reeled in Leclerc.
The Dutchman received previous a number of laps later however Leclerc stayed within the tow and mounted his personal problem.
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max Verstappen finally handed Charles Leclerc (Picture: Getty)
Nonetheless, Leclerc’s move was scuppered after a double waved yellow in sector one prevented him from making a move underneath DRS. After the race Verstappen stated “persistence” was key to take dwelling the victory.
He stated: “Finally I managed to get forward, however even after that [Charles] was continually within the DRS after which with the yellow flags within the final lap, simply figuring out how a lot it is best to raise, what’s allowed or not, it was robust. However simply actually joyful to kickstart the season.
“Endurance is at all times key. Particularly if you need to combat for the championship, you at all times combat onerous, however in fact remember the fact that it’s essential rating factors, in order that’s what we did in the present day: we raced onerous however we additionally wished to attain the factors.”