‘Greedy’ Leclerc ‘paid the price’ for Imola error

‘Greedy’ Leclerc ‘paid the price’ for Imola error

Charles Leclerc admitted he had obtained “too grasping” as an Emilia Romagna Grand Prix spin price him an even bigger World Championship lead.

The Ferrari driver had gained two of the season’s first three races, however from the second he made a foul begin from second place on a moist Imola grid he was by no means within the hunt to beat pole-sitter and eventual victor Max Verstappen this time.

A runner’s-up end was a risk, nevertheless, however that disappeared on lap 53 of 63 when, chasing Verstappen’s Pink Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, Leclerc took an excessive amount of kerb on the Variante Alta and spun, his automobile coming to relaxation towards the wall with slight entrance wing injury – to the groans of the tifosi.

He made it again to the pits to have the wing modified after which chased down and handed three rivals to complete sixth.

Having held a 40-point World Championship lead firstly of the race, the Monegasque driver’s benefit has been minimize to 27 by Verstappen. If he had completed third, Leclerc would have retained the 34-point margin with which he had entered the weekend.

“It’s a massive disgrace,” Leclerc instructed Sky F1 afterwards. “No matter occurred earlier than the spin, these are particulars and it’s a part of racing. I imagine the spin shouldn’t have occurred in the present day.

“P3 was the very best I may do. We didn’t have the tempo for far more and I used to be too grasping. I paid the value for it and misplaced seven potential factors in comparison with my third place I used to be earlier than. It’s seven factors which might be very helpful on the finish of the championship for certain and this shouldn’t occur once more.”

 

Leclerc should even be involved that his lead within the standings is simply so massive as a result of Verstappen needed to retire when booked for P2 in Bahrain and Australia, surrendering 36 factors that had appeared to be coming his means.

This end result confirmed Pink Bull now have the momentum heading to spherical 5 of the season in Miami.

“Solely time will inform how a lot of a step they (Pink Bull) did, however for certain they appeared to be extra aggressive than the primary three races, or just like Jeddah let’s say,” added Leclerc.

“We had the higher hand in Bahrain and Australia and so they had the higher hand this week and in Jeddah, so it’s very shut and I feel it will likely be that means for the remainder of the season.

“That’s the reason each small mistake…it’s an enormous mistake however the consequence may have been a lot greater. It’s solely seven factors in the present day however it may price extra the subsequent time, so I have to be cautious.”

 

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