Charles Leclerc’s British GP may have ended in retirement but the Sauber rookie insists there are still positives to be taken away from the weekend.
The Monégasque racing driver started Sunday’s 52-lap race from ninth on the grid after another stellar Saturday showing.
Leclerc left the pits after his stop only to bring his car to a halt in the gravel with a loose rear wheel.
Asked what went wrong, he told reporters: “Not sure yet, don’t know yet if it is a technical failure or an error from a mechanic at the pit stop.
“Either way it was a very positive weekend anyway.
“We were very strong in the race, putting pressure on Nico.
“Seventh was on the cards today.
“If it was a mechanical failure it happens in motor sport and if it was a mistake from the mechanic, we have been topping the pit stops times so they are doing an incredible job and sometimes it happens you make a mistake.
“Either way it is fine.”
Sunday’s retirement meant the 20-year-old lost out on a fourth successive top ten result.
He added: “We lost some points today which is a shame but we’ll catch up.”