Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc remained calm and respectful towards his Ferrari team as got out of the F1-75 car after being forced to retire on lap 27 of the Spanish Grand Prix due to a power unit issue, which cost him a likely win at tbe Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
Charles Leclerc confirmed his first port of call after his Spanish Grand Prix DNF retirement was to cheer up his Ferrari mechanics and not blame anyone for the engine problem that ended his race prematurely and led to Max Verstappen taking the top spot in the Formula 1 Driver Standings ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver was on his way to a dominant win at the Circuit de Catalunya, running in first place with a solid ten-second gap ahead of the Red Bull cars when his power unit suffered a power loss and forced him to retire. Charles Leclerc had been enjoying a lonely race in the lead, the Red Bull cars of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were stuck behind the Mercedes of George Russell.
However, the Monegasque driver left Spain empty-handed and recorded his first DNF of the 2022 Formula One campaign, while at the same time losing P1 in the World Championship standings.
Despite the disappointment, Charles Leclerc showed grace in defeat and at the same time wanted to encourage his team in this difficult moment. Once out of his F1-75 car, Charles admitted that his first priority was to cheer up his team of “pretty down” mechanics who had seen their hard work amount to nothing in the Spanish Grand Prix, after the high hopes from the start:
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“I mean, overall, it’s always a disappointment,” Charles Leclerc said, in his post-race interview at the Circuit de Catalunya – “And obviously, when you’re fighting for a championship, you know that every point is very valuable. But over the course of a season, I think it always more or less happens, which is not an excuse for sure. I’m pretty sure that everyone is already working flat out to understand all of it and to fix it as quickly as possible. Everyone is as disappointed as me with what’s happened. There was just no reason for me to be angry at anybody getting out of the car. I just wanted to see the mechanics to cheer them up a little bit because they were pretty down.” – Scuderia Ferrari Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc explained.