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‘Excellent’ technique execution in Abu Dhabi nets Leclerc second in factors – EAST AUTO NEWS

‘Excellent’ technique execution in Abu Dhabi nets Leclerc second in factors


Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari executed the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix “completely” to beat Sergio Perez to second place in each the race and the drivers’ championship.

Perez began on the entrance row alongside teammate Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull ran one-two for the primary a part of the race, holding Leclerc at a protected distance for a spell. Nonetheless, the primary spherical of pit stops got here with Leclerc beginning to shut in on Perez and the same state of affairs later within the race noticed Crimson Bull name Perez in once more whereas Ferrari made a one-stop technique work with Leclerc holding the Mexican off by simply over a second.

“It was actually, actually tough,” Leclerc stated. “Particularly on the finish of the stint on the arduous, although we did a very, actually good administration to be trustworthy. It’s tough, as a result of while you get to the tip of the race, the front-locking began to turn out to be an issue, so it was very straightforward to do a mistake. However on the finish, we saved every little thing underneath management and managed to maintain Checo behind.

“However I feel right this moment was a very, actually excellent execution from our facet. I don’t suppose we had the tempo of the Crimson Bulls nonetheless, and our purpose from the start was to try to push Checo do one thing totally different, which we did completely. And once more, with a fantastic tire administration, we made the one-stop work, which finally obtained us the second place.”

Leclerc admits he had thought his race was prone to be much more difficult if Mercedes turned an element after early strain from Lewis Hamilton, however teammate Carlos Sainz helped him by battling with the seven-time champion.

“The plan was at all times to do a one-stop,” Leclerc defined. “However we managed to push them into doing two stops.

“It was actually troublesome, particularly on the medium firstly as a result of clearly you do the primary a part of the race attempting to not struggle an excessive amount of, however within the first few laps Lewis was fairly shut. After that, I don’t know what occurred, I feel he needed to give the place again to Carlos. After which at that time, I may handle my tires a bit bit higher.

“It gave me a bit little bit of respiration area. After which from that second onwards, then I feel we did a fantastic job.”

Having began the weekend degree on factors with Perez, Leclerc says second total is an efficient reward for Ferrari after such a tricky couple of seasons.

“I actually hope subsequent 12 months we are able to do a step ahead with the intention to struggle for the championship,” he stated. “However contemplating the place we have been final 12 months, it’s a very large step ahead. I feel we improved all through the tip of the season when it comes to technique. We nonetheless have to work when it comes to race tempo, as a result of coming to Sunday we appear to battle a bit extra. However we’ll push throughout the winter break with the intention to catch them again a bit.”

‘Excellent’ technique execution in Abu Dhabi nets Leclerc second in factors – EAST AUTO NEWS
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