Leclerc began the Russian Grand Prix from the final row of the grid after taking a penalty so Ferrari might introduce its upgraded energy unit to his automotive.
However the Monegasque driver was in a position to battle his manner again up the order, working as excessive as third at one level earlier than pitting on the finish of an extended first stint.
Leclerc sat in eighth place after stopping and making some passes, and appeared set to attain factors earlier than the late rain the place he opted towards pitting initially, leaving him struggling on slick tyres because the worst of the bathe arrived.
Leclerc ultimately got here in on the finish of lap 51 – the identical lap as Lando Norris, who would end seventh after main many of the race – and fell all the best way all the way down to fifteenth place within the last classification.
“It was clearly very difficult,” Leclerc mentioned.
“I feel we stayed two extra laps out in comparison with the others, and I feel for these two laps, it was really fairly good as a result of we have been aggressive.
“However then clearly at one level, the rain picked up by rather a lot, and this put us in a really dangerous scenario, as a result of we misplaced every part in a single lap.
“Whether or not it’s Lando or myself, it’s been a really related scenario.”
Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris each waited too lengthy earlier than making the swap to intermediate tyres in Russian GP
Photograph by: FIA Pool
A variety of groups and drivers discovered themselves unsure about whether or not or to not make the swap from slicks to intermediates, with those that didn’t are available early in the end shedding out because the rain grew heavier.
Leclerc mentioned that he would look to be taught from the expertise, believing he might have accomplished extra to make the precise determination and pit sooner.
“I’ll analyse after this weekend to know what I might have accomplished higher as a driver,” Leclerc mentioned.
“I really feel like I might have accomplished a greater job as a driver to assist the group take the precise determination.
“Clearly earlier than that, it was a really, very Positive race on my aspect, so it disappoints me much more to complete it that manner.
“However it’s the best way it’s now, and I’ll attempt to be taught from it.”