“We had the pace to win”

Leclerc He started from pole position at Singapore 2019 and finished second behind Vettel. And he repeated the play in 2022 to finish second, after Pérez. “Each race is different, but the frustration is there. We had the pace to win, but I had a bad start and from there I was on the wrong foot. It was hard to stay close, but the performance was there. I want to use these races to improve my execution on Sundays. I feel that we have taken a step forward and it is in the right direction. That’s why I’m happy, but also frustrated with the second position here”, explained the Monegasque after the grand prix in Marina Bay.

The victory escaped at the start: “I don’t know if it was me, or something else, but I felt like I skidded while Checo made an incredible start. I pushed a lot at the beginning, maybe I had more rhythm, but then he started to push. Performance was good on intermediates, but I lost grip when I was close to it. We can analyze things from this race. The Red Bull is very good after six or seven laps, we are very fast in the first six or seven laps. “It is our responsibility to make good starts and Red Bull has been better. But it’s not a trend Carlos (Sainz) made a great start (passed Hamilton)” ditch.

“I wasn’t close enough to try to overtake,” Leclerc maintains, that he could not throw the Ferrari to Pérez at any time during the race. In the end he pressed, because the Mexican could get a penalty for the safety car procedure, as it ended up happening with five seconds more on his time. But he ended up giving up: “When Checo already had 5.1 seconds it was a matter of getting the car to the finish line. It’s very easy to make a mistake in those circumstances.”

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