Charles Leclerc says that after the Styrian Grand Prix he has a bitterly sweet impression as he had to box in the first lap due to his own mistake, but after that, he had one of the best races in Formula 1 and broke through to seventh place.
Ferrari drivers Leclerc and Sainz had unusually poor qualifications in seventh and 12th place, and Leclerc on the way to the third turn of the first lap touched Gasly’s rear left tire with his front wing and had to box for a new wing.
In boxing, Leclerc replaced soft tires with hard and drove 36 laps, then switched to medium and drove the last 33 laps, making as many as 11 overtaking, which earned him the title of the driver of the race awarded by the fans.
“This is a bitterly sweet feeling,” Leclerc said. "The incident in the first round put us on the wrong foot. Too bad we lost a good opportunity to achieve an even better result. From the second lap onwards, I would say that this is one of my best races in Formula 1.
” "The car was amazing, the speed was there and I took every opportunity to recover and progress." "In terms of performance, we got the most out of the car, it shows how much work has been done behind the scenes and what an amazing job this team is doing, especially in the last week."
"We need to go through all the data to understand how we've taken this step forward so we can repeat it next weekend."
Sainz on his race
Sainz also had a good race to finish ahead of Leclerc, but couldn’t endanger Norris at McLaren who finished fifth.
“I had a good race and it was a good result for the team, we had a good speed from start to finish,” Sainz commented. “I managed to drive a very long first section and then I managed to stay longer than the whole middle of the standings.
The tire change was good and it gave us a chance to chase fifth place because I was pretty fast on hard tires. ” “Unfortunately, it took me a few laps to overtake Hamilton and get back into the same lap, and when I followed him the front tires suffered. When I had a clear track ahead of me, it was too late to try to overtake Norris. ”