CHARLES LECLERC was main the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he was pressured to retire with engine issues.
Charles Leclerc crashed out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)
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Ferrari consider that Charles Leclerc would have ‘comfortably’ received the Azerbaijan Grand Prix had he not been pressured to retire with engine issues. The Monegasque man was main the race 21 laps in when a cloud of smoke erupted behind his automobile, dealing one other hammer blow to his hopes of difficult Max Verstappen for the F1 title.
Certainly, it was the Dutchman who took benefit, taking the chequered flag from Pink Bull teammate Sergio Perez, with the Mercedes duo of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton third and fourth respectively. It prolonged Verstappen’s lead over Leclerc within the standings to 34 factors, which represents an 80-point swing because the Ferrari driver final received in Australia on March 10.
In Baku, Leclerc had misplaced the lead of the race on the first nook, after Perez overtook him following a poor begin off the road. Nonetheless, a digital security automobile labored in his favour after the Scuderia opted to name him in right away.
It meant he would have had the tough process of defending arduous tyres for the rest of the race. However group sporting and technique director Inaki Rueda was in little question as as to if the 24-year-old would have held off the 2 Pink Bull’s.
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Charles Leclerc has not received because the third race of 2022 (Picture: GETTY)
“Pink Bull tried to go so long as doable on the medium tyres however they had been dropping rather a lot,” he stated within the group’s official Azerbaijan GP debrief. “The medium tyres had loads of degradation and Perez misplaced loads of time attempting to go longer and longer to offset himself to Charles.
“Sadly, after 11 laps on the arduous tyres, Charles suffered an influence unit failure and this lower our race quick. Our simulations point out that had there not been one other VSC interval, Charles would have received the race comfortably in opposition to Verstappen.”
Max Verstappen is now in command of the title race (Picture: GETTY)
Regardless, Ferrari now desperately want a optimistic lead to Canada this weekend to keep away from Dutchman Verstappen from operating away with the title. Certainly, it’s accomplice Perez who now lies second, 21 factors adrift.
Nonetheless, so far Christian Horner and co have made no secret of making certain their race methods favour the reigning world champion. Following Canada, the title race will head to Silverstone a fortnight later.