Charles Leclerc has been in top form in the opening few races but he did look off color at the Imola GP after he was comprehensively beaten by his title rival, Max Verstappen. The Dutchman looked in complete control as he stoked a flawless weekend by topping the qualifying, winning the sprint and demolishing the competition on race. The reigning world champion looked to be on a mission.
On the contrary, Charles Leclerc’s weekend kept getting from bad to worse. After being pipped by Max Verstappen during the sprint, it seemed like the Ferrari driver wanted to make amends on race day in Ferrari’s backyard. But, Leclerc just couldn’t match the pace of the two Red Bulls in Imola. But what happened in the last few laps of the race raises a lot of questions.
Charles Leclerc looked set to secure the 4th podium of the season before he decided to get too greedy and chase Sergio Perez on his fresh set of tyres. While he was pushing, he committed an unforced error as he hit the Variante Alta kerb too heavily leading him to crash into the barriers. But, fortunately for him, he was able to continue after getting his front wing changed and eventually finishing P6 after finding himself in ninth position.
Helmut Marko believes Charles Leclerc was lucky like Lewis Hamilton to get something out of the Imola GP
Helmut Marko believes that Charles Leclerc is a lucky, lucky boy to get anything out of that Imola GP after his costly error just few laps before the end of the race. He said, “[The nerves] were already there on Friday in practice when he spun – but lucky, like Hamilton, unbelievable.”
“He hits the ground and is able to continue. But that’s all right.”
Talking about Red Bull’s success, he said, “The decisive factor was we had the courage to install our upgrade despite only one free practice session,” as reported by planetf1.
Charles Leclerc had a huge let off in Imola as it could easily have much worse than it was. But this is part and parcel of such a competitive season already. The Monegasque driver would want to brush it off and focus on the upcoming Miami GP.