Leclerc loses what was believed to be victory in Barcelona due to engine failure

( – Until the 27th lap, the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix was like Charles Leclerc’s third victory, and a problem with the drive unit forced the Ferrari driver to give up. With the victory of World Championship competitor Max Verstappen, Monaco has now moved out of the top spot in the drivers’ rankings he has held since his first race in Bahrain.

Charles Lecklerk

Ferrari had to stop Charles Lecklerk’s F1-75 in advance

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“I do not know what happened,” Leklerk said after the race. “There was no sign of the engine breaking down. I lost power. It’s a shame.”

“We need to understand exactly what the problem is, because during the season it can not happen often.” After the racing weekend in Barcelona, ​​Leclerc is still trying to focus on the positive.

Leclerc: More than positive failure

“Currently I can not do anything, but I see positive things, there were a lot of them: qualifying speed, racing speed and most importantly tire management, which was our weakness in past races,” he analyzes. .

“World Cup still long”: Ferrari satisfied with Leclerc defeat

Despite the bitter departure of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari captain Matia Pinoto was satisfied with the weekend at Barcelona.

“This weekend, I think we’ve found something that gives me hope throughout the season.” According to Leklerk, the fact that he has now lost the lead in the driver’s rankings is not so decisive.

“I’m not focused on that. It’s very important to see our own performance and the performance is very good, so I can not wait to get a better result in Monaco next week,” Leklerk said. .

Pinot Photo: Ferrari inspects engine at Maranello

Ferrari captain Matia Pinoto also looks positive after the disappointing race in Barcelona: “It was definitely a tough day, but we had to be optimistic because we had a lot of speed.”

“The updates we brought worked, we were very fast and got an amazing pole yesterday. The racing speed today was also good,” he adds.

“One failure has already occurred to others, unfortunately it hit us today, but the season is still long,” says Pinoto, about the power unit defect in Leklerk’s car, not yet found in the Ferrari.

“This is a significant reliability issue and we will now inspect the home machine in Maranello,” he says. He also defends his team because “the engineers did an extraordinary job throughout the season.”


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