Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc admitted that he must find out why he is harder on tyres than Ferrari Formula 1 team mate Sebastian Vettel, and is prepared to drive less aggressively if necessary. In the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc suffered more with tyre issues than Sebastian Vettel and lost pace at the end of his stints.
Charles Leclerc ran in third place for much of the race until Sebastian Vettel eventually caught and passed him in the closing laps to claim the final podium spot. Having put his slump to fourth down to “struggling with tyres again”, Leclerc admitted that this had become a trend that he needs to resolve by whatever means possible.
“There’s definitely something that Seb is doing better than me in the long runs, when there’s degradation,” said Charles Leclerc – “I think I need to understand something on my side. I’ve been struggling more, and have more tyre degradation compared to Seb, and I believe it’s also coming from driving. Maybe I’m driving a bit too aggressively now in races, so I need to understand and analyse and try to improve for the next races. I’m pretty sure that Seb is doing something better than me there, so I need to understand and improve that. That’s a few races where I’m quite quick in qualifying, but towards the end of the race I seem to struggle a bit more. I need to understand what I can do with my driving style to help that, or with the car balance to have a little bit of a compromise between the two, because at the end it’s the race when you score points.” – he explained.
At the same time, Charles Leclerc says his crash during Q2 in Azerbaijan was a worst mistake than his race-ending shunt during the German Grand Prix. Charles set the pace in Baku until he crashed in Q2: “I think after Baku I was definitely not the way I am now. For me it was a much bigger mistake. In Hockenheim the consequences have been very big, probably bigger than they were actually in Baku in qualifying because are not scoring points. But on the other hand the conditions were very bad in the last few corners, it started raining again – it’s not an excuse in any way. I need to learn from [it], but I would say the conditions were a lot more difficult.” – Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc concluded.