SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had a race to neglect at the British Grand Prix on Sunday because the Formula One championship contender noticed victory fumbled away on technique.
The championship frontrunner after three races, Leclerc has seen his problem derailed by a string of poor outcomes, a few of them self-inflicted wounds like at Silverstone.
Leading with 12 laps to go, Leclerc completed an sad fourth after a technique name value him victory.
The Monegasque stayed out throughout a late security automobile after which needed to defend in opposition to staff mate and race winner Carlos Sainz and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who had been referred to as in for recent tyres.
With Sainz working away from the pack for a primary profession victory, Leclerc was left to battle for second with Perez and Mercedes house favorite Lewis Hamilton.
“I do not know but,” mentioned Leclerc when requested why he wasn’t introduced in forward of Sainz. “It was clearly very late (the decision) they usually made the choice to remain, mentioned “keep out”, so I can not are available in clearly if we’re aligned and that was it.”
While it made for an enthralling finish to an entertaining race, the end result was not what Leclerc wanted as he sought to chop into Red Bull’s championship chief Max Verstappen’s benefit.
If there was any comfort for Leclerc it was that it was a no much less disappointing afternoon for the Dutchman, who had automobile problems with his personal and completed seventh.
After 10 of twenty-two races, Verstappen tops the standings on 181 factors, 34 forward of staff mate Perez and 43 away from Leclerc.
“The disappointment is actual for me at the moment,” mentioned Leclerc. “It’s been a rollercoaster of a race.
“The first lap I broke the entrance wing and I believed that was over and there was numerous under-steer.
“The tempo got here again and we had been very robust after which the win was feeling more-and-more attainable.
“Then the security automobile and that was it.”
Leclerc has seen his title problem fade with a string of Ferrari failures.
After taking pole at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in early June Leclerc’s race ended within the pits with a smoking engine.
Per week later at the Canadian Grand Prix he was compelled to start out from the again of the grid after engine penalties, battling again for an impressed fifth place.
But the staff’s June struggles have adopted Leclerc into July, one thing he hopes to lastly flip round subsequent week in Austria.
“It (staff errors) is costing numerous factors however…,” mentioned Leclerc, not ending his thought as he walked away again to the Ferrari hospitality suite.
(Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Ken Ferris)