Leclerc explains how a mistake at Turn 10 cost him pole
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Charles Leclerc had led after the first attempt in Q3 of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, setting the first sector record on the last flying lap. However, he was unable to better his personal best in the second sector, let alone set a time equal to Max Verstappen, who took pole position in his home race in a Red Bull. which continues to prove its superiority.
The Monegasque admitted that he had made a mistake in this part of the track, since even the best time of the last sector had not helped him to overcome these 21 thousandths that the Dutchman managed to take it out before Sergio Pérez spun when the checkered flag fell.
At the press conference after qualifying at Zandvoort, the Ferrari man pointed out his own mistake in the be 10 years old as the reason he couldn’t beat Verstappen, and when asked by Motorsport.com for more details, he said: “I’m sure nobody did the perfect lap.”
“In these conditions, turns 9 and 10 are extremely tricky with the tailwind, and we are affected more than anywhere else on the track, so it was very tricky,” he said. Leclerc.
“Then, with the balance of my car, it cost me a bit at turn 10, and I lost the rear, which made me fall like a tenth,” continued the Monegasque. “To look at [los resultados finales]if you do the perfect turn, you can get pole position, but on the other hand, I’m convinced that Max [Verstappen] and Carlos [Sainz] They didn’t do the perfect lap either, so the result is that we’re second.”
In response to the question if he was frustrated for not setting the best time, the driver denied: “In addition to that, given the difference with Max today, I did not expect to reach Q3 with the options after Q1 and Q2 that we had, which were very complicated.”
“Al final, in the Q3, el monoplaza lo notaba bastante bien, podía apretar”, recognized Charles Leclerc, who revealed that “no estuvo a gusto con el balance del coche en las últimas carreras y clasificaciones”, pero que “hoy se sintió a little better”.
Leclerc indicated that the ferrari upgrade in the deciding round at Zandvoort it was because he tried “different things on the lap and it was a bit better”. These efforts have allowed him to have “a stronger front end” after “fighting against understeer”.
“We have to work on it. [más]but for the race I felt more confident, so I’m a bit more confident for tomorrow,” concluded Leclerc.
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