Leclerc ‘lucky like Hamilton’, says Marko

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Leclerc ‘lucky like Hamilton’, says Marko

Helmut Marko has instructed Charles Leclerc shared the identical luck as Lewis Hamilton after the Ferrari driver averted main injury regardless of spinning and hitting the wall at Imola.

In his efforts to catch Sergio Perez, Leclerc spun after being too aggressive going over the kerb. Regardless of having all 4 wheels off the bottom at one level, the Ferrari driver got here away comparatively unscathed with simply minor injury to the entrance wing.

After stopping to exchange the broken half, Leclerc produced a powerful rescue job to go from eighth to sixth in simply 9 laps, which meant his championship lead was solely minimize to 27 factors.

After the race, Crimson Bull’s Helmut Marko implied the Monégasque shared the identical luck as Lewis Hamilton and that there have been indicators of nerves in Leclerc’s driving.

“[The nerves] have been already there on Friday in apply when he spun – however fortunate, like Hamilton, unbelievable,” mentioned Marko, as reported by Motorsport.com.

“He hits the bottom and is ready to proceed. However that’s all proper.”

 

It was an ideal weekend for Crimson Bull with Max Verstappen successful each the dash and Sunday’s race, whereas Perez made it a one-two having fended off Leclerc. Marko highlighted Crimson Bull’s choice to put in upgrades regardless of the restricted apply classes as a consequence of dash qualifying as a serious contributor of the success.

“The decisive issue was we had the braveness to put in our improve regardless of just one free apply session,” mentioned Marko.

“Every thing labored, which is why our aerodynamics specialist (Enrico Balbo) is on the rostrum.”

The 78-year-old additionally harassed Crimson Bull had by no means given up hope of combating for the World Championship regardless of their tough begin to the season which noticed Verstappen end solely one of many opening three races.

“It was clear to us it [the title] was nonetheless open, but it surely’s very shut,” Marko mentioned.

“Ferrari are very sturdy and we should due to this fact proceed to work at full velocity.

“However we now have, above all, two very sturdy drivers. Perez is getting stronger, so from that perspective we’re barely optimistic in regards to the future.”

Verstappen was not so forthright together with his reward of the upgrades however instructed the crew ought to wait till the following race in Miami earlier than making any conclusions.

“I feel it’s troublesome to say as a result of we had changeable circumstances all weekend,” the race winner mentioned.

“It’s at all times troublesome to say how a lot the upgrades will convey, however I feel they labored effectively.

“We had issues underneath management just a little higher than in Australia. I’m simply glad with how we carried out all weekend. The very fact we had every part underneath management is usually extra essential than the upgrades.”

 

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