Charles Leclerc: Ferrari driver says he was ‘not good enough’ after crashing out of French GP

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Charles Leclerc's Ferrari is lifted off the Circuit Paul Ricard
Charles Leclerc has failed to complete three races this season – in Spain, Azerbaijan and France

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc mentioned his efficiency was “simply not ok” after crashing out whereas main the French Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen seized on the error to seal a seventh win of the season and prolong his lead over Leclerc within the drivers’ championship to 63 factors.

It’s the newest in a collection of expensive errors by Leclerc and Ferrari.

“If I preserve doing these errors then it’s pointless to be acting at a really excessive degree,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.external-link

“I’ll attempt to get higher however this isn’t good.”

Leclerc began the season effectively, successful two of the primary three races to open up a 46-point lead over Crimson Bull’s Verstappen.

However after successful the Australian Grand Prix in April, Leclerc and his Ferrari crew have regularly dropped factors – by means of a mix of dangerous luck, poor strategic selections and errors.

Ferrari have had two engine failures and two technique errors whereas main, whereas Leclerc made a mistake on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that turned third place into sixth.

Victory for Leclerc on the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks in the past, which ended a run of seven races and not using a win, had pointed to a possible change in momentum. The Monegasque driver appeared effectively set to construct on that in France, however pushed too laborious at Flip 11 to depart him additional adrift than at any time this season.

There are 10 races remaining this yr with the following one in Hungary on 31 July earlier than System 1 takes its summer season break.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto and Charles Leclerc
Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto defended Charles Leclerc after the French Grand Prix

Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto provided his help to Leclerc after the race and mentioned his crew would look to react by dominating in Hungary.

“It was a real mistake of Charles which can occur and doesn’t take off how good he’s as a driver, he’s a incredible driver,” mentioned Binotto.

“What I mentioned to Charles, issues are extra sophisticated however not inconceivable and we’ll take pleasure in it extra if we are able to flip it right into a victory on the finish.

“In per week’s time we’ve got Hungary, vital to show the web page and look ahead. Will probably be sizzling and once more about tyre administration and overheating. So there may be loads of motive to smile so our goal shouldn’t be successful however a one-two.”

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