Charles Leclerc is still grounded at Silverstone, despite a thrilling race. Monegask won the British Grand Prix majority, but Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc believes that it was a one-off.
Leclerc had never been on the podium in this season’s championship, but at Silverstone, the Ferrari driver was instantly in the lead for 49 laps. After a great sprint qualifying, and a solid start to the race the Monegask was in the lead. He then took first place midway into the first lap following the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
Leclerc took the lead for quite some time after the restart, despite having an engine problem. Hamilton won the race two laps ahead of Leclerc, who had a lead time of nine seconds. Monegask was disappointed to not be able to win for the Scuderia again seventy-years after Ferrari’s first ever F1 victory, also at Silverstone. However, he had to admit that his pursuit to win had distorted his image.
“Before the weekend there was absolutely zero hope that we would fight for the win at Silverstone,” Leclerc admitted. “This shows how well we are doing as a team. Although it’s not an easy situation, the team works extremely well. We work extremely well together, which translates to that second place.”
Leclerc immediately puts his team on edge. “Now, we have to continue working because this is the thing we want to consistently do: fight for victory. While it’s fantastic that Lewis could be fought at Silverstone, that’s not what we should expect now. we will be in that position for the rest of the year and we need to keep working hard for that.”
A near perfect race
Ferrari reduced McLaren’s lead in the Constructors’ Championship race for third to fifteen points with Leclerc’s second and Carlos Sainz his sixth places, despite the fact that McLaren finished in the top three with both cars. Five of the five cars had been finished. Leclerc did not win his first victory since Italy 2019 but the Monegasque was there to finish on the podium. Although the Ferrari driver was close to winning several times this year, he had to settle for fourth in Imola (Spain) and Baku (USA).
When asked if second place at Silverstone was one of his best podium finishes in Formula 1, Leclerc replied: “Yes, I was really on my toes every lap. I don’t think I’ve made any serious mistakes in this round. Particularly during my first stint when I had power unit problems. My race was done. I really had to do a lot on the steering wheel, but I think we handled the situation well.”