Charles Leclerc had one of his most amazing F1 drives at the Canadian Grand Prix, after starting P19 on the grid due to penalties from engine change, he put his foot on the pedal to perform 14 fascinating overtakes and finish P5, right behind the Mercedes of George Russell. He was given the Driver of The Day Title for his excruciating drive across the Gilles Villeneuve track. Leclerc has managed to win 2 races this season, but the question for this race still remains in his mind; would he have won the race without the grid penalty?
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Leclerc’s teammate in the other Ferrari, Carlos Sainz finished the race P2 after starting P3, and he almost overtook Max Verstappen, but ultimately could not. However, the Monegasque, in many aspects, is a better driver than Sainz, and there could have been chances that he would have overtaken Verstappen to win the Grand Prix, but he still is not sure about that as the Red Bulls have an amazing straight line speed, and even with DRS, it couldn’t have been an easy task to perform the current World Champion.
Charles Leclerc says he was too far from the Red Bull
After starting the race so behind, Leclerc had a lot of work to do, and as he stated, he couldn’t see the Red Bull even for once during the entire course of 70 laps around the circuit. “I don’t know, I have no idea because I haven’t seen Red Bull at all during the race, they were just too far in front. But the feeling was good and whenever the feeling is good, that’s a good sign,” GPBlog quoted the Ferrari driver.
Charles Leclerc would have had a lot of points in his bag, but after multiple retirements due to reliability issues and early retirements from the race, he only has 116 points, and stands 3rd in the championship behind both the Red Bull drivers.