“It’s a shame, because the potential was there”
The Monegasque driver finished seventh in an eventful Grand Prix which ended in another head-to-head between Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the victory going to the Briton.
Starting fourth on the grid, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was entitled to some regrets at the end of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where he finished in seventh place, just ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). âI thought that the safety car would do us good, then there was the red flag, which made us lose a lot of positions,â he explained at the end of the race. âAnd after the restart, with the hard tires, we struggled a lotâ¦ ”
With one race to go, Leclerc is fifth in the world championship
In a Grand Prix which saw two red flags to impressive fallout, the drivers experienced several race restarts, with three starts in total. This did not favor the Monegasque pilot. âI lost positions each time with the hard tires, afterwards I tried to make up for what we lost. But that was not enough, of course.
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Crossing the line in 7th place, Charles Leclerc missed another top 5. “It’s a shame because the potential was really strong, âhe said. âYou can see it at the start of the raceâ. His seventh place nevertheless allows Leclerc to occupy fifth place in the world championship standings (158 points), one step from the end.
The Scuderia Ferrari (307.5 points), barring a big surprise, is certain to finish in third place in the constructors’ world championship (McLaren, fourth, has 269 points). Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have the same number of points (369.5 points) before the last Grand Prix of the season, which will take place in Abu Dhabi next weekend.