We saw a big smile on Charles Leclerc, 21 anni, after the British Grand Prix. From start to finish the Ferrari driver was involved in wheel-to-wheel dices around every inch of Silverstone, ultimately came away with a well-deserved podium, and the fan-voted Driver of the Day accolade.
Before the race, Mr. Leclerc spoke of how he was planning to ‘adjust his aggression’ in light of how the stewards in Austria had dealt with his late-race battle with Max Verstappen. And at Silverstone he was as good as his word.
Starting 3rd on the grid, Mr. Leclerc held off Mr. Verstappen in the early stages before a fast Red Bull pit stop allowed Mr. Verstappen to move ahead via a side-by-side race down the pit lane, a thrilling battle in a race packed with super action.
“It felt amazing in the car, the most fun I’ve ever had in Formula 1,” Mr. Leclerc said after. “I think Austria was an eye opener for me to see how far the stewards will let us race and it was, it was very good, I think. I became more aggressive for this race and i’ve never had as much fun as I did during this race so it was good.”
For a time, it looked like bad luck would once again thwart him, with Mr. Leclerc 1 of the big losers under the safety car, running 6th after his pair of pit stops, as those in front gained ground.
But then Mr. Leclerc made an inch-perfect pass on Pierre Gasly for 5th, which became 3rd when team mate Sebastian Vettel ran into back of Mr. Verstappen.
“We were very unlucky with the safety car, a little bit lucky with the crash of Max. Unfortunately there was also Seb into it, but yeah, overall I think third was the best we could have done today.”
When it was put to him that he could be fighting like that with Mr. Verstappen for the remainder of his career, Mr. Leclerc replied: “Then so be it. We are used to fighting since karting. So yeah, it’s cool to be fighting now in F1.”
Mr. Leclerc now has the longest current run of podium finishes on the grid, having finished on the rostrum for 4 straight races. He is also now just 3 points behind team mate Mr. Vettel in the standings at 5th.
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HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Very Bullish, very light overhead resistance now stands at 171.67, and very strong support at 164.71, all Key indicators are Very Bullish in here. Ferrari finished at 166.51+ 08 Friday in NY.
Have a terrific week.