Leclerc’s chase for second wasn’t ‘necessary at all’

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Leclerc’s chase for second wasn’t ‘necessary at all’

Ralf Schumacher feels Charles Leclerc ought to have accepted third place at Imola, as that’s “key” to profitable a World title.

Dropping out to each Pink Bull drivers off the road on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, in addition to Lando Norris, Leclerc first set about passing the McLaren earlier than attempting to chase down Sergio Perez.

After a processional race with out DRS within the opening half, he tried to make it occur when he pitted for comfortable tyres with 13 laps remaining.

Though Pink Bull responded by pitting Perez, in addition to race chief Max Verstappen, Leclerc’s undercut closed the hole to the Mexican driver with the Ferrari man pushing onerous to get inside DRS.

Too onerous it appeared.

Leclerc mounted the kerbs on the Variante Alta and went nostril first into the barrier, the driving force having to pit for a brand new nostril cone and falling to ninth.

Schumacher feels his chase was pointless, he ought to have settled for third.

“The automotive was there, the chance was there, solely each drivers made too many errors this weekend,” he instructed Sky Germany.

“Leclerc drives over the kerb and simply needs an excessive amount of – in a scenario that isn’t crucial in any respect.

“He ought to have accepted taking third place. That’s additionally the important thing to a World Championship.”

With Verstappen taking the win forward of Perez and Leclerc solely recovering as excessive as P6, the Monégasque driver’s lead within the championship was whittled all the way down to 27 factors.

Schumacher says Ferrari must analyse what went flawed on a weekend when Carlos Sainz failed to attain though by way of no fault of his personal, the Spaniard collected by Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap.

In a season through which Ferrari may struggle for each championship titles, Schumacher says group boss Mattia Binotto should communicate to his drivers about taking dangers, and when to not.

“It should be mentioned,” Schumacher stated. “Now the chance is there after which everybody has to associate with it.

“It’s not nearly driving a quick lap, it’s about them driving persistently with out taking any dangers. That simply needs to be mentioned now.”

As for Nico Rosberg, the 2016 World Champion says Leclerc can’t afford to make errors like he did on Sunday.

“One thing like that shouldn’t occur to him, particularly in the event you’re preventing for a World Championship in opposition to Max Verstappen,” stated the previous Mercedes man.

 

“He shouldn’t flip away on his personal, additionally as a result of there was no strain from behind. He really solely had strain going ahead as a result of he needed to overhaul Perez.

“That should not occur, that was not good.”

 

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