Leclerc: A few mistakes, lessons learned

Date published: June 8 2019

Charles Leclerc

Adjusting to life with Ferrari, and regular Q3 appearances, has led to a few mistakes from Charles Leclerc but with those mistakes come lessons learned.

The Ferrari rookie has made it into Q3 four times this season, including a pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

However, there have been mistakes as well most notably his Baku Q2 crash when many believed he would be the man for pole position.

Added to that the Monégasque driver also damaged the floor of his SF90 in Q2 in Spain, costing him performance in the pole position shoot-out.

The Ferrari driver says he has learned from those and now knows not to push to the limits in the second qualifying segment.

“One approach that I probably have changed after Baku was pushing too hard in Q2,” said Leclerc.

“That has been a mistake because we had an easy potential to go to Q3 with the car we had and to crash at that time was probably a bit stupid.

“Then in Barcelona, we broke part of the floor but that was pushing too hard, I let the car go and broke the piece.

“So those are things I had changed after this.”

He added: “There’s definitely been a few mistakes, there’s a change of approach when you arrive in Ferrari.

“Compared to last year, you can give it all from Q1 to Q3, but as we’ve seen in Baku maybe it was not very important to give it all in Q2 because we definitely had the potential to do a lot better in Q3.

“But there was a few mistakes on my side, and we learn from them, and now I’m looking forward to trying not to reproduce them and hopefully the better times will come.”

Six races into this season and the 21-year-old has a best showing of P3, which he bagged in Bahrain.

As such Leclerc is fifth in the standings with 57 points, trailing championship leader Hamilton by 80 points.

He, however, is refusing to rule out a first World title.

“I don’t wave goodbye until it’s done,” he said.

“It’s been a difficult start to the season, I definitely expected more, but we don’t need to wave goodbye yet, we need to push until the end and that’s what we are doing.

“We are trying to understand our mistakes, and not do them again, and go from there.

“I’m pretty sure the results will come.”

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