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Leclerc: Satisfied in a way because we started P12

Leclerc: Satisfied in a way because we started P12

Leclerc: Satisfied in a way because we started P12
Charles Leclerc is satisfied from his podium in the 2022 United States Grand Prix, as he feels it was a good achievement having started from 12th on the grid.

Charles Leclerc had to deal with a ten-place grid penalty in Austin after taking a new Internal Combustion Engine and turbo ahead of the race, which meant an uphill fight despite qualifying second behind teammate Carlos Sainz.

However and despite Max Verstappen suffering from a botched pit stop, the Dutchman was able to overhaul the Monegasque who then dropped back suffering from Ferrari’s chronic tyre wear problems.

Leclerc spoke of his race and was quoted by Formula 1‘s official website saying: “I’m satisfied in a way because we started P12, so a podium is a good achievement, but looking at the race it’s obviously a little bit disappointing.

“We had the pace but then we had a little bit too much deg [degradation] towards the end of the race. But we will work and at the end, P3 starting from P12 is not that bad.”

Leclerc’s race was not lacking in terms of on track battles; he reflected: “It was nice, a nice battle with [Sergio Perez] and later on with Max.

“We need to keep working in order to challenge them a bit more towards the end of the races. Again, I felt like we were limited by the tyre degradation mostly,” he added.

Ferrari has to sort out little details here and there

“It’s little details here and there,” Leclerc pointed out when speaking of Ferrari’s issues. “We made it right sometimes, we made it wrong sometimes, but we just need to be more consistently on top of this, and for that we need to try and understand the dynamics of all of this, so that is the process we are going through at the moment.

“The pace is there. We’ve been strong all weekend but then towards the end we run of out tyres – and then it was difficult,” the Ferrari ace maintained.

Speaking in Ferrari’s press release, Leclerc added: “I had a solid start and after that, the first few laps were all about practicing patience.

“Things looked quite good and we even got lucky with the timing of the Safety Car, but unfortunately we had a little too much tyre degradation for the rest of the race and couldn’t fight for higher positions.

“It was great to be back in the US and see how much popularity our sport has gained here over the past years,” the five-time grand prix winner concluded.