British Grand Prix - Charles Leclerc, four years of suffering at Ferrari: strategic choices, mistakes...

British Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc, four years of suffering at Ferrari: strategic choices, mistakes…

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2019 Australian Grand Prix: First Grand Prix, first confrontation

The context

In the offseason, Charles Leclerc is promoted to the Scuderia, where Sebastian Vettel is the indisputable number one. From his first Grand Prix with Ferrari, in Melbourne, the Monegasque discovered that it would be very difficult for him to move the lines. Packed down by the German at the start, the young driver took advantage of a too early stop by the world champion to pounce on him at the end of the race. To the point of being able to surpass it.

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He then decides to put the Scuderia face to face with its responsibilities. And asks:Should I stay behind Sebastian, yes or no?“. Answer could not be clearer from the low wall: “Yes, and leave some margin.”

How Leclerc reacted

I couldn’t overtake, it’s a shame. […] As I said, the team asked us to hold positions and that’s what we did.

Chinese Grand Prix 2019: Switch in China

The context

Leclerc comes out of a nice Grand Prix at Sakhir. But his podium is still insufficient to reverse the statutes. Fourth on the grid behind his teammate, the little Prince surprised him at the start. The Mercedes fly away and Ferrari quickly puts pressure on his colt: “You have to go faster, otherwise you’ll have to let Sebastian pass” In the eleventh round, the sanction falls: “Let Sebastian pass. Let Sebastian pass.”

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The Monegasque complies but manages to stay behind his teammate. And let it be known:I waste a lot of timehe lets go. I don’t know if this interests you…“. The answer is no. In reality, the Scuderia want to protect Vettel from an undercut by Verstappen, then fifth. Leclerc is left on the track and finishes the race behind the Dutchman.

How Leclerc reacted (on Canal+)

I have to discuss it, so that I can review the overall situation. From the cockpit, it was a bit difficult to digest. But sometimes you don’t see the same thing as on the wall so I prefer not to comment.

Singapore Grand Prix 2019: The undercut of discord

The context

The Monegasque asserts himself. On pole in Singapore, where Ferrari had the advantage over Mercedes, Leclerc widened the gap early in the race. But on the 20th lap, the Scuderia decided to bring in the German one lap earlier than his young driver. The quadruple world champion takes advantage of the undercut to virtually take control of the race.

Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix

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What !?is surprised the n°16. To be completely honest, I don’t understand the undercut. But we’ll talk about it after the race” Laurent Mekies intervenes: “Charles, it was the best thing we could do. ” Vettel wins ahead of his neighbor in the box.

How Leclerc reacted (on Canal+)

I just wanted to make it clear that I was very unhappy in the car, and that this scenario hadn’t been discussed at all during the meeting. So it’s always a little frustrating, from the car, when it happens like that.

2020 Spanish Grand Prix: No attachment

The context

38th lap. Leclerc’s Ferrari suffers an electrical blackout. The pilot tries to restart the machine… in vain. He then decides to detach but, suddenly, the car restarts. The Monegasque therefore leaves without a belt – which is obviously prohibited by the regulations – requests a pit stop at his box to rectify the situation, with a new attachment.

Will you need help?“, asks Xavi Marcos, his engineer. “Of course I need helpreplies the pilot. There, it’s as if I had just got into the car!“On his return to the box, the mechanics are busy around him. Unattached.”Xavi, I told you to make another one…“, he will breathe, finally forced to abandon.

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) removes his gloves during his retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix, August 16, 2020

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I didn’t think I would go back to the track. Then I managed to restart the engine and start again. I took a slow ride […] then on the second lap when I started pushing I realized that one of the four buckles we have on the harness was not attached. So I told the team and I stopped immediately…

2021 Russian Grand Prix: The wrong choice

The context

Ferrari is unfortunately notorious for its misinterpretations of weather data. In Sochi, Leclerc managed a nice comeback after starting from the back of the grid. A rain, discreet at first, appeared at the end of the race, allowing the Monegasque to continue his effort with fresh “medium” tires that were still performing well in these conditions.

Three laps from the end, as the downpour intensifies, the Scuderia must decide: aim for the podium by leaving Leclerc on the track or play it safe with a pit stop and settle for a few points. The first option is chosen. It’s not the right one. Leclerc fails in 15th place.

How Leclerc reacted (on Canal+)

And in one turn, we lost everything. I could have helped the team better to make the right decision.

Turkish Grand Prix 2021: 2 times

The context

New Grand Prix, similar conditions. Two weeks after irrigating Sochi, the rain falls in Istanbul. Leclerc and Ferrari therefore decide to take a gamble: complete the 58 laps of the race with the same set of “intermediate” tires. At 20 loops from the finish, most of the peloton understands that this option is too risky and opts for a stop. For its part, Ferrari leaves the decision to the Monegasque, then in the lead in front of a horde of drivers equipped with new tires.

The pilot is trying to gather precise information: “If we keep this pace, what position can we claim?“The Scuderia answers him without getting wet:”If we can keep Bottas behind, the first.” Elementary. In reality, the other drivers put their rubbers in the correct operating window. Leclerc must imitate them by stopping. He finishes fourth.

How Leclerc reacted (on Canal+)

The second set of tires was very complicated to set up and that unfortunately cost us the podium. We made the wrong choice.

Monaco Grand Prix 2022: The disaster

The context

In the Principality, Leclerc is aiming for a first victory at home. And Ferrari, the double. At the controls of a race started on a wet track, the Scuderia is scuttled. First by stopping his leader one lap too late. Then by delaying him in a double save with Carlos Sainz. “Shit…! But what are you doing ?“, annoys the Monegasque on the radio. Consequence: Red Bull places its two cars in front of the local, which finishes at the foot of the podium.

How Leclerc reacted (on Canal+)

I am disgusted. We had everything to win and we just threw it in the trash so it hurts.

2022 British Grand Prix: The Sacrifice

The context

In an ideal position after the glitches encountered by Verstappen and Pérez, Ferrari decided not to choose. At the start of the race, the Scuderia did not give instructions and let Sainz delay his teammate. At the end of the event, after the exit of the safety car, she leaves Leclerc on the track and stops the Spaniard, convinced that the “soft” tires will collapse and that a double stop is too risky.

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) at the 2022 British Grand Prix

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The Monegasque is trying to get out of it, at the cost of superb battles with Hamilton and Pérez, but still has to let the podium slip away. On the radio, he fumes:The amount of time we’ve lost on this race is…my god. The only good thing today is Carlos’ victory. Guys… well. Enjoy the victory.”

  • How Leclerc reacted (on Canal+)

I could have stopped, we could but I was asked to stay on track, so that’s what I did. Honestly, I’m very, very disappointed. Especially for the first part of the race, I feel like I lost a lot of time behind Carlos. But hey, we’ll look at that with the internal team. There are things we need to discuss after this race, that’s for sure.

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