Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc overcomes Q1 incident in Hungary08/03/2019
Charles Leclerc outqualified Sebastian Vettel for the fifth consecutive F1 race Saturday. But it was no easy task after his session was marred with another mistake – the Ferrari driver spinning and hitting the wall midway through Q1 of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Leclerc may be viewed as the driver who will deliver championships to Ferrari in the future, but with the number of unforced errors consistently creeping upwards, even the driver himself is becoming frustrated.
“I’ve been very lucky,” said Leclerc. “Very lucky to go again. I have to thank the team very much for what they have done, but it was a completely unnecessary mistake at that point in qualifying.”
Starting a second run in Q1 following teammate Vettel through the final corner Leclerc lost the rear of his Ferrari and backed it into the wall. The contact caused significant damage to his rear wing and forced the team to fit a new one in the short break between Q1 and Q2.
Managing the fix Leclerc rewarded the team with a fourth place starting spot for Sunday. Vettel will start one place further back in fifth, but Leclerc was focused on eradicating the errors that he himself calls unacceptable.
“That’s two mistakes in two Grand Prix,” said Leclerc. “The first one wasn’t acceptable I would say, but this one definitely isn’t acceptable, and if I had of stayed in the wall, it would have been a lot worse.
“I need to learn from these mistakes. This is the second one in qualifying (the other in Azerbaijan) at an unnecessary time, so I need to understand, and I will work on that.”
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