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Leclerc says: F1: Ferrari facing engine failures


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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc July 10, 2022 ahead of Grand Prix REUTERS / Florion Goga

Charles Leclerc expressed concern about the reliability of Ferrari’s engines even as he celebrated his return to the top of the Formula 1 podium for the first time since April on Sunday.

Monegasque’s Austrian Grand Prix Victory was his third in 11 races this season, lifting him to second in the championship but 38 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

“I definitely need that. I mean, the past five races have been incredibly difficult for me personally, but obviously for the team,” he said.

“It feels like everything is against me. So we finally had a good breakout race today and are really happy to have won again. “

While Leclerc was delighted at the end of a difficult race, and relieved to reach the finish line when throttle problems arose in the final laps, Ferrari actually made it to the finish line once and for all. Carlos Sainz’s engine has expired.

Leclerc says the lack of consistency, with Sainz being the winner in England last weekend, is worrying for a team chasing its first title since 2008.

“It’s definitely a concern, so we need to look at that and make sure that doesn’t happen,” he said when asked about the failure.

“Obviously it happened twice on my side in the last five races and now it’s Carlos again. So yeah, we need to get this done as quickly as possible. “

Leclerc won two of the first three races of the season but then had to retire in relation to engines in Spain and Azerbaijan.

Sainz has had four retirements so far this season.

“That seems to be the story of my season: as soon as we got a little bit of momentum, something went wrong and it was very difficult to continue it,” said the Spaniard, whose win Silverstone is his first time in F1.

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