Charles Leclerc finished fourth in Austin, for the third time in four races, and is pleased with his performance on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. The Ferrari driver drove hard throughout the race and doesn’t think he could have done better.
According to the Monegasque, this confirms Ferrari’s progress since last year, but also throughout the season. Lando Norris was also concerned about McLaren’s lack of performance against Scuderia after the US GP, which was positive for Ferrari and its drivers.
« It was a very, very good race » Leclerc said. « The pace was there, each lap was a qualifying lap and honestly I did my best. But it also shows that we are working in the right direction, that as a team we are making progress, race after race. , and it’s great to see. «
He notes, however, that the Grand Prix was grueling for the drivers, with over 30 degrees in the air and almost 40 degrees on the track: « It was a really clean race. Every lap I was just trying to maximize everything. It was very, very smooth actually. We were never threatened by anyone. »
“The last stint was probably the most difficult, especially physically. It was a very difficult race physically. The heat was pretty tough and also the bumps in particular are very, very difficult lap after lap to get through them. very physically demanding. «
He hoped to get the podium from Sergio Pérez, who was struggling himself since he did not have access to his drink. But in the end, the Ferrari driver had to resign himself to finishing once again at the foot of the podium.
“I could also see Checo who was only eight seconds ahead and we were catching him. So at one point I thought the podium was possible so I really gave it my all. was the most difficult, but we had no particular problem. «