Leclerc regarded poised to mount a title problem for the primary time in his F1 profession after successful two of the primary three races, surging into an early factors lead due to the victories in Bahrain and Australia.
However Leclerc would rating only one extra win all season as Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull pulled forward within the battle, aided by a automotive that was clearly a step forward in efficiency from the summer season break onwards.
It left Leclerc preventing for second place come the tip of the season, finally pipping Verstappen’s team-mate, Sergio Perez, to runner-up honours by three factors. The Ferrari driver collected his trophy for second within the F1 championship on Friday on the FIA’s prize giving in Bologna.
Requested if splitting the Crimson Bull drivers within the closing standings supplied him a lot satisfaction, Leclerc replied: “Not an excessive amount of satisfaction, to be trustworthy.
“Trying again on the season, I believe it has been an excellent season, particularly taking a look at 2020 and 2021 which were two very troublesome years for the staff.
“It wasn’t a on condition that we might do such a step ahead and end second within the drivers’ championship and likewise second within the constructors’ championship. So for that I am glad.
“However then clearly, wanting a bit extra into the season intently, there’s been the center a part of the season that has been very irritating, the place we did not actually put all the things collectively coming to Sunday. And that was that was irritating
“So blended emotions about this season. However second place is kind of good. I simply hope it’s a step ahead, and that for subsequent 12 months, we will do one other step ahead.”
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB18, Sergio Perez, Crimson Bull Racing RB18
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Leclerc retired from the lead of a race on three events, struggling an engine failure in Spain and Azerbaijan earlier than spinning out of the lead in France.
Technique miscues by Ferrari in Nice Britain and Hungary additionally didn’t assist Leclerc’s trigger because the summer season races swung the championship momentum in Verstappen’s favour.
Leclerc’s mistake in France led to probably the most emotive moments of the season when he screamed into the radio out of frustration over his error, understanding he had an excellent likelihood of victory.
“I believe within the warmth of the second and within the warmth of the season, races are coming fairly rapidly,” Leclerc stated when discussing the problem to maintain frustration beneath management.
“So I believe it is OK. It is simply on the finish of the season, then you definately look again on the season and you are feeling it a bit extra. However throughout the season, it wasn’t that troublesome.”