In a race where you have to rally for a podium win after recovering brilliantly from a P20 start, you simply cannot afford to make mistakes like an unnecessary lengthy pitstop, but that is exactly what happened with Charles Leclerc, Ferrari’s best hope for winning the Drivers’ Championship this year. While Charles Leclerc expertly climbed up the standings from the back of the grid, his team strategy failed him as he could not get close to a podium finish at all because of a tardy pit stop by his team personnel.
With a double Ferrari retirement last week due to reliability issues in Azerbaijan and a slow pit stop that cost Charles Leclerc some precious points, it goes without saying that the Monegasque is losing out on the potential World Championship win one race at a time. After losing out on a podium win today, Charles Leclerc was interviewed to give his opinions on the race, and by the sound of it, he seemed like he is losing hope in Ferrari’s strategies.
Charles Leclerc comments on what went wrong with his pit stop that cost him a podium finish in Canada
In the days leading up to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, it was announced that Charles Leclerc will suffer a grid penalty which will send him right to the back of the grid as Ferrari will be making some crucial changes to his car, after the horrific end to his run in last week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. During Saturday’s Qualifying Session, although Charles Leclerc made it to Q2 easily, he did not set a lap time after that as he was set to start from P20.
On Sunday, Charles Leclerc made up three grid spots in the first lap of the Canadian Grand Prix itself, and he set his mind to overcoming some more cars to finally aim for a podium finish. Seeing his blistering speed, Leclerc’s fans were considering a brilliant finish to the Monégasque’s Canada GP run, but they were quite disappointed when Charles Leclerc went into the pits and succumbed to a slow pit stop.
📻 | Charles post race radio:
“I’ll review the race but, after the pit stop it was obviously not ideal. But anyway…”
— Ferrari News 🐎 (@FanaticsFerrari) June 19, 2022
While speaking on his upsetting P5 finish, Charles Leclerc said, “I’ll review the race but, after the pit stop it was obviously not ideal. But anyway…”