Charles Leclerc started the season very strongly. He won two of the first three races – Bahrain and Australia. Since then, however, victory seems to have eluded him. In fact, Leclerc has only managed 1 podium in the last 6 races. Much of the blame lies with the F1-75’s reliability – as the Monegasque lost the lead twice in the last four races.
But the point loss wasn’t always Ferrari’s fault, case in point – At Imola, Leclerc spun and narrowly touched the guard rail while trying to chase Sergio Perez, damaging his front wing meaning he was 7 points down in the race fetched. and maybe he’d made a mistake in Miami too, chasing down Max Verstappen.
On the other hand, Verstappen hasn’t made any notable mistakes during races and has finished on the podium in every race he has seen the checkered flag in. While Max Verstappen’s 49-point lead could be partly due to Ferrari and Leclerc’s misfortunes, Jacques Villeneuve actually doubts that Leclerc can match Verstappen.
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Jacques Villeneuve wasn’t happy with Leclerc’s performance in Montreal
As GPBlog reports, Jacques Villeneuve agrees that while Charles Leclerc is undisputedly fast, there are still some areas he needs to work on.
“He’s super fast, but at the moment he’s still making a few small mistakes that he shouldn’t. Imola for example [but sometimes] then the team will not help him. That’s the energy they all have together.”
“At the moment we know he’s fast, he’s aggressive, is he a world champion? Is he like Max? How is he under pressure when it comes to the championship? We have yet to find out.”
Villeneuve was also disappointed with Leclerc’s performance in Montreal, where the Monegasque finished fifth. The former world champion thinks he could (or should) have finished better.
“When you’re in a Ferrari, you should only have a Red Bull in front of you. Before the race they took those penalties because it’s Montreal and in their opinion P4 was the worst they could finish [Sergio] Perez is still in the race and she is not.”
Villeneuve feels that Ferrari’s slow pit stop didn’t help Leclerc’s race and he came off several places behind where he should have come off.
“It’s good to save points, but it’s not good enough. They had a bad pit stop and got out behind four cars instead of in front of them. Fighting for those positions destroyed their tires and that’s why they didn’t get the Mercedes in the end.”
Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen will both be aiming for victory at Silverstone as both of them may have had their wins taken away through no fault of their own – Max Verstappen retired after he and Hamilton made contact at Copse and when Charles Leclerc took the lead, he could didn’t keep it, maybe because of engine problems. Mercedes could be back on top at Silverstone too and that’s an enticing prospect.
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