Charles Leclerc wastes a golden opportunity
A mistake costing four-tenths at Turn 9. Charles Leclerc, finishing fourth at the end of the Belgian Sprint Shootout, only 195 milliseconds behind Max Verstappen, knows that he missed a great chance today to confirm his pole position for tomorrow, which he obtained due to the penalty that the Red Bull driver will have to serve.
Max Verstappen was once again the fastest today in Q3, where DRS couldn’t be used, but he edged out Oscar Piastri in the McLaren by just 11 milliseconds and Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari by 25 milliseconds. As mentioned earlier, Charles Leclerc is further behind, but he has a lot to lament about the slip-up he made at the same spot where Lance Stroll hit the wall on medium tires during Q2 (the tires were mounted following the regulations as the Sprint Shootout was not declared wet).
Charles Leclerc commented on his Sprint Shootout to Sky Sport F1:
“I’m really disappointed today. Today we definitely had the potential to be on pole and I made a mistake at Turn Nine. “Luckily I kept it on track but I lost like four tenths there so I’m much more disappointed today. Today was nothing to do with the car, it felt great. The potential was there for pole but today was more me that I did a mistake. Apart from that the lap was really, really good. It’s a missed opportunity but we still have the Sprint later. I hope we can have a great race from where we start. I think it’s going to be in tricky conditions and we will see what happens.” – the Ferrari man explained after the Sprint Shootout for the Belgian Grand Prix Sprint race, which takes place later today.
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