Charles Leclerc arrives at the 2022 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix trailing 80 points from overall leader Max Verstappen after a race retirement that looked like he had it in his pocket in France and a more aggressive strategy. that questionable Ferrari in Hungary that dropped him to sixth position.
Before returning to action, the Monegasque admitted he was exhausted by the “cumulation of emotions” in the first half of the course, and said the Italian team must “maximize every opportunity” that comes their way from now on.
“I needed it,” Leclerc commented on the summer break . “The first part of the year has been full of ups and downs, of many emotions, an accumulation that leads me to be tired.”
“That’s why I was happy to go on vacation, and I’ve made the best of these three weeks with my family and friends. It’s been great,” revealed the Ferrari man. “I think we will take the rest [of the year] race by race, as a team, but we have to make the most of every opportunity that lies ahead, and I continue to believe in the championship.”
“Of course, it’s going to be a very difficult challenge, but I’ll believe in it until the end,” said Charles Leclerc , who still has nine Grands Prix to reverse the situation with Max Verstappen in the overall standings.
Ferrari’s strategic decisions during the races have been called into question after an error-filled first half of the season, which has contributed to the wide gap between the two protagonists in the fight for the title.
Maranello team boss Mattia Binotto insists nothing needs to be changed within the organization, while his driver is sure he will “grow” from the mistakes they made in Hungary.
He also clarified that the photograph that was taken at the headquarters during the summer holidays was a tradition that they had at Ferrari and that they could not recreate in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that nothing was discussed with the seniors. private charges.
“The photo is something we did in 2019 and that we could not do in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic,” he commented. “But it is something that we have just done with the whole factory, with those who are involved in the Formula 1 area, which is good because you see their faces and you talk to them to thank them for the support and the work they have offered when we were going through difficult times at the performance level”.
“Speaking of Hungary, we reviewed it, and we will grow from that as a team, I’m sure. In the last two years we have been working very closely together as a team,” said the 24-year-old. “I think this has helped us to be at the level we are at today, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do now to improve.”
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