Tension: the crossing of Charles Leclerc with his engineer after a crucial decision at the Belgian GP
Charles Leclerc missed the opportunity to make an epic return to Spa Francorchamps. The Monegasque driver suffered from the start, when smoke escaped from his right front brake, the product of a tear which left Verstappen on the track. In this sense, a key moment must be highlighted, the decision that ended up ruining the career of the Ferrari driver.
It was in the penultimate round that Charles Leclerc ordered to dig. “Box on this lap,” his engineer told him, to which the driver replied that it was not convenient to take such a risk. Likewise, the Monegasque was ignored and had to change tires to find the fastest lap, but excessive speed in the pits ruined the maneuver and Charles was penalized 5 seconds.
Regarding the dialogue with his engineer, Leclerc explained that it was a normal situation and that being in fifth place, with no contender in sight, allowed them to analyze the situation.
“We always have. This time we were a bit clearer because we were in a bit of no man’s land, so we had more freedom to talk about it.”
However, Charles Leclerc He considered the most frustrating thing about this race was seeing Red Bull’s pace. Max Verstappen won 17 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor and 24 seconds over Carlos Sainz, who took the podium. This is how the Monegasque driver described the situation as “worrying”.
“If you look at Red Bull, they were on another level, they found something this weekend that worries us a bit. It’s definitely extremely complicated now,” acknowledged Leclerc, who has had numerous communications with his engineer to study racing options.
The Monegasque driver faces the Dutch Grand Prix, which will take place this weekend on the Zandvoort circuit. Leclerc sits third in the Drivers’ Championship, five behind second place and 98 behind leader Max Verstappen.
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