WATCH: A Sombre Charles Leclerc Laments Bitter-Sweet Canadian GP Despite Late Comeback

Published 06/19/2022, 6:13 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 20, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during a press conference REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Charles Leclerc took a fifth-place finish as his championship rival, Max Verstappen, cruised to an easy win. Verstappen stretched his advantage over Leclerc in the driver’s standings as the race didn’t pan out the way Ferrari would have hoped it would. 

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Starting at the back of the grid due to a power unit penalty, the Monegasque had it all to prove for Sunday’s race. Making a good start at the beginning of the race, Leclerc soon ran into difficulties as he was soon stuck in a DRS train. After the first round of pitstops, he was then stuck behind the DRS train of Lance Stroll, Guanyu Zhou, Daniel Ricciardo, and Yuki Tsunoda. He also lost a significant amount of time behind the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon. 

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His post-race radio was also not too much on a happy tone. As he slowed down, he said, “Yeah I will review the race  but yeah after the pitstop it was not ideal.”   

Meanwhile, his teammate Carlos Sainz tried to put pressure on Max Verstappen but failed to do so as the Dutchman didn’t falter even one bit. For Charles Leclerc, this race was more of a damage limitation as he tried to mount his championship battle again. 

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Given that he has a new engine to work with in Silverstone and with all the bad luck behind him, it is quite possible that the tide could soon be turning in Leclerc’s favor. 

Charles Leclerc describes the Canadian Grand Prix as frustrating

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Speaking to the media after the race, Charles gave his honest thought on the race. The journalist mentioned that it looked like hard work but asked what his feelings were on finishing in P5. Leclerc said, “Not great. Super frustrating race. Obviously we were fighting with cars that had much fresher tires, so out of turn then I had no traction at all compared to them.”

Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 17, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Chris Helgren

He also mentioned that it was a race of struggle for him, as even the pitstop did not go his way. Leclerc will be looking to fight his way back at Silverstone and take the challenge to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. 

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Charles Leclerc currently sits forty-nine points behind the championship leader. Can the Ferrari driver take the lead again? Let us know in the comment section.  

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Vaibhav Aatreya

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Vaibhav Aatreya is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. His ever-growing passion for the sport, combined with his willingness to learn the inside workings of Formula 1, led him to pursue his graduation in Mechanical Engineering. Having been following the world of motorsports for many years now, Vaibhav loves to pen down his thoughts, giving his take on the ongoings in the sport.

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