user icon

Leclerc pleased to see strong result after 'changing approach'

  • Published on 23 Jun 2019 21:47
  • comments 1
  • By: Harry Mattocks

Charles Leclerc says that he is happy with his performance in the French Grand Prix, where a strong performance led to another podium finish.

Leclerc was in a fight with Valtteri Bottas for second place in the closing stages of the race, and the Monegasque driver believes that a change of approach in terms of car setup was the reason.

MOREVettel 'enjoyed' early battle against McLaren

“I am very happy because I have a few difficult weekends over the last ones, especially in qualifying," Leclerc said.

"I have changed the approach for here and I also changed my approach a little bit on the car setup and went in the right direction so for that I am very happy that it paid off and we have seen it on the results this weekend.

“We have brought some new parts for the car this weekend and some worked and some others have not but clearly Mercedes are quite better for now so we need to work and catch up.”

Leclerc added that he "gave everything" in order to try and snatch P2 from the Finn, who was struggling both with tyres and a misfiring engine.

His efforts were not enough, as he finished just 0.929s behind as they crossed the line on lap 53.

“I gave it everything obviously,” said Leclerc. “The second stint was all about tyre management, I think we did a very, very good job on that and it was at the end I was catching Valtteri.

"I think he struggled to turn his tyre on again after the VSC so I saw an opportunity but unfortunately there were not enough laps for me to try something.”


Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • Charles' position in the championship doesn't reflect how well he has been driving. For starters, he lost a sure win because of the car, and had a couple of races absolutely ruined by Ferrari strategist (which ironically in the same race got Seb to the podium). I think Seb is extremely fortunate to be ahead of Charles at this point. Other than Monaco, Charles hasn't had bad races. Even crashing in Baku was not a big deal

    • + 0
    • Jun 24 2019 - 00:31

Related news



SG Grand Prix of Singapore

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    10:40 - 12:10

    Free practice 3

    12:10 - 13:10

    Race

    14:10 - 16:10

  • Free practice 2

    14:40 - 16:10

    Qualifying

    15:10 - 16:10

    Fastest lap

     

SG Grand Prix of Singapore

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    10:40 - 12:10

    Free practice 2

    14:40 - 16:10

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    12:10 - 13:10

    Qualifying

    15:10 - 16:10

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    14:10 - 16:10

    Fastest lap

    14:10 - 14:10



Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Charles Leclerc the new number 1 driver at Ferrari?


World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team Ferrari
  • Points 221
  • Podiums 7
  • Grand Prix 35
  • Country MC
  • Date of b. Oct 16 1997 (21)
  • Place of b. Monte Carlo, MC
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.80 m
Show full profile


Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar