Leclerc insists Imola error won’t happen again

Frank Parker
Charles Leclerc head down disappointed. Imola April 2022

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has vowed not to repeat the mistake that saw him lose out on a podium finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

While chasing down the second-placed man, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, a trip over the kerbs saw the Ferrari driver sent into a spin at the Variante Alta chicane.

As a result, Leclerc had a brush with the barrier and required a tour back to the pits for front wing repairs. The Monegasque eventually came home in sixth place, losing out on a podium finish to McLaren’s Lando Norris.

The loss of points could prove crucial to his championship chances as rivals Red Bull look to be gaining ground on Ferrari in terms of pace.

But losing a podium finish at such a vital stage of the race proved costly and Leclerc is confident he will learn from the experience.

Charles Leclerc received a new front wing. Imola April 2022

“It’s one of those mistakes where it is a bit more the mental approach you’ve had at that particular moment of the race,” said Leclerc, quoted by Motorsport.com.

“But I’ve always been strong in knowing exactly which particular feeling I felt at what moment of the race, and know how to correct it. So yeah, it’s a mistake, but I’ll learn from it and won’t do it again.”

It would be easy to blame Leclerc for succumbing to pressure from a Red Bull team that had been marginally faster all weekend, but the Ferrari driver has dismissed such claims.

“Obviously we’ve had pressure not only [during the race] but for the whole weekend and I don’t think I’ve done many mistakes before,” explained Leclerc.

“It was the mistake that cost me a lot and I’ll learn from it. But no, on my side there was no particular added pressure whatsoever.”

However, Leclerc is pragmatic about the situation as the Monegasque still maintains a 27-point lead over reigning World Champion Max Verstappen. Had he not finished, Leclerc would have had an advantage of just 19 points.

 

“With the mistake actually, I have been a bit lucky because I’ve only lost seven points again to what I could have scored,” said the 24-year-old.

“But it’s seven points that could be valuable at the end of the season and every point counts when you are driving for the title. So yeah, it won’t happen again.”

 

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