Charles Leclerc crashed in the Seventh Leg during the closing phase of Q3 at the Miami GP by hitting a barrier at the exact same angle in reality; Leclerc starts Sunday’s race from Saturday; watch Miami GP live on Sky Sports F1 at 8:30pm on Sunday
Last updated: 05/07/23 12:30 am
Charles Leclerc admitted his collision in the Miami GP Qualifier was “unacceptable” after he also hit a fence in the same spot during Friday’s practice.
Leclerc was thrown into a high-speed spin after losing control of his Ferrari on Turn Seven during his final Q3 run. The collision brought red flags and prevented anyone else from entering the second round as Sergio Perez took pole.
It was a case of déjà vu for Leclerc after his training session on Friday was interrupted by a collision at the same angle.
Having also made a mistake on his first Q3 run, Leclerc will start in seventh on Sunday and he was unable to hide his anger afterwards.
“More than the track, I think it’s unacceptable to make the same mistake twice at the same corner. I’m really disappointed with myself,” Leclerc said. Sky Sports F1.
“You can always make excuses in those situations, the wind is very strong, it’s very difficult, it’s also very difficult to build the car but I put myself in this situation. I wanted this build and I knew it would work. ” difficult, but I think I will be able to get the most out of the car in Q3, which is usually one of my strong points.
“I know that I am also taking on more risk than others in Q3, that’s why I do well in Q3 most of the time but this is too much.
“Very disappointed with myself, yesterday I made the same mistake and this shouldn’t have happened.”
When asked if he put too much pressure on himself during the Q3 sessions, Leclerc replied: “I don’t think so. Most of the time it pays off, but this weekend I did. too much and I can’t hide my disappointment.”
There is a chance that rain will affect Sunday’s race, and Leclerc said his initial focus is just staying out of trouble.
He said: “Now wait for tomorrow, we will start in seventh place, the weather is looking pretty rough so hopefully we will have a clean race and be able to get back in place. leader.
“The Astons seem strong on race pace so I don’t know exactly where we’re going, a podium would be a really good finish tomorrow considering our race pace. “
Brundle: Leclerc deals a lot of damage at critical moments
As well as his collision on Friday, Leclerc finished in the hurdles of the Sprint Shootout at the Azerbaijan GP last weekend before attempting to improve his SQ3 time.
Fatal crashes have decimated Leclerc’s F1 career and Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle thinks the 25-year-old regularly exceeds his limits.
“Leclerc is completely lit up there, too hard. We see that a lot with Charles, he just doesn’t seem to know where the limit is,” Brundle said in the commentary.
“His determination and speed is incredible, but there’s no stopping until he achieves something, we’ve seen that a lot throughout his career and also a lot in recent times.
“He just has to take a quarter of a percent out of it somewhere. He’s doing a lot of damage to that Ferrari and at crucial times.”
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