“Top Five… ” – Charles Leclerc Makes a Huge Claim After Inspirational Italian GP Drive

Published 09/13/2021, 4:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before the FIA Press Conference REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Charles Leclerc brought his car home at P4 at the dramatic Italian GP. Throughout the race, the Monegasque driver was battling for places with the likes of Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez, and Lando Norris. Eventually, the Ferrari driver finished just 2.3 seconds off the podium places.

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And despite having nine pole positions, two wins, including one at Monza, and 11 further podiums to his name, Charles Leclerc has rated his 2021 Italian GP performance as one of his best races in F1.

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What did Charles Leclerc say?

“I gave it all, really everything and there was not much more to do today,” said Charles Leclerc after the race.

“I mean every opportunities there were I tried to take it every time as soon as Valtteri passed me, I tried to overtake him again, and I succeeded, but then they were just too quick.”

In addition, the Monegasque driver rated his 2021 Italian Grand Prix performance as one of his best races in Formula 1.

“On my own performance, it’s honestly I rate it as my top five performances in Formula One,” told Leclerc.

“I really feel like I’ve given absolutely everything. So, on that I’m happy but we need to keep working to be fighting for the win very soon.”

Big step forward for Ferrari: Leclerc

Scuderia Ferrari had a disastrous home race last season when both of their cars were retired from the 2020 Italian GP. Former Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel, suffered a brake failure on lap six. On the other hand, Leclerc crashed heavily on the Parabolica corner.

Although this year Maranello-based team drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished strong at P4 and P6, respectively. Meanwhile, the Monegasque driver believes Scuderia Ferrari has made a big step forward this year.

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“It made us very vulnerable to overtaking, so it was very difficult for us to overtake but very easy to get overtaken so not the easiest of the race,” said Leclerc.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca.

“But at the end, if you look where we were last year if and where we are now, it is a big step forward, so we need to keep working like this.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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