Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc wants to put an end to those who continually comment on the statistic regarding the percentage of pole positions converted into victories.
With the pole position he secured in Friday’s qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, the Ferrari driver became the one with the most pole positions (21) without having won a world title. However, the statistic in question pertains to the ratio between poles and victories obtained when starting from that position.
Out of the 21 poles he has claimed, Charles Leclerc has been able to convert only 4 into victories, specifically those in Belgium and Italy in 2019, and in Bahrain and Australia in 2022. In Austin this weekend, the Monegasque finished in sixth place after starting from pole (later disqualified after post-race inspections); French journalists from Canal+ highlighted this statistic after the race. Charles Leclerc’s response was quite clear.
“I think, first of all, we need to stop with this statistic because on Saturdays, I do an excellent job. Instead, what happens is always transforming this into a negative statistic because we can’t convert it in the race. Today, I didn’t have the car to make it work on Sunday, and I hope to have it one day,” said the Ferrari driver at the end of the United States Grand Prix in Austin.
Charles Leclerc’s reasoning is clear and entirely correct. His qualities in a single lap are indisputable. At the same time, it’s worth noting that the Monegasque driver has rarely had the package to confirm his lead in a race. Consider his pole positions in recent years, where only in the first half of the 2022 Formula One season was it realistic to think about converting them into victories.