Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc reflects on the positives aspects of his podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix: the Monegasque had been keeping Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton within sight during the first stint but would fall over 10 seconds behind the leading pair after the Italian side delayed his pit-stop, hoping for a saftey car which would have provided the ideal opportunity to keep the lead.
Even so, amid the controversy ahead, he would close back in on the top two in the closing laps and almost stole second from his teammate as he finished just outside the five-second window.
“I’m pretty happy about my own performance today,” he said post-race. “The race pace was really strong, which is a good sign for the future. We have all worked extremely hard to be there. I don’t know what happened with Seb but the team deserved the victory today. It’s a shame but we’ll come back stronger, keep pushing and hopefully the victory will come soon.” – Charles explained at the end of the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
On the Sebastian Vettel incident with Lewis Hamilton, which lead to Ferrari losing the victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Charles Leclerc admits he wasn’t told by the team of what had taken place: “I was not aware at all, no, I pushed but I didn’t know what was going on in front,” he explained – “I didn’t know Seb had a penalty, I was pushing to be there if there was an opportunity but I was not aware of the five-second penalty, I was doing my own race.” – Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc