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Leclerc “feeling better” despite devastating DNF

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc is “feeling better” about his car’s race pace despite his devastating retirement on lap 38 in Spain.

The sudden loss of power from Leclerc’s F1-75 saw the Monagasue kiss his Championship lead goodbye, with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen now leading the field six points adrift.

Although his car snatched away a certain win, the 24-year-old only had positive feedback on Ferrari’s latest upgrades, saying he feels the “positive signs” compared to Imola and Miami.

“Let’s say that I feel better after this weekend than I felt after the last two weekends,” Leclerc said.

“Mostly because, of course there’s this issue that we’ve had with the car and I’m very disappointed, but on the other hand I think there’s plenty of positive signs other than that.

“Throughout the whole weekend – our qualifying pace, the new package works as expected which is not always a given.

“Everything was working well, our race pace and tyre management.

“After the last few races, we’ve been struggling quite a bit compared to Red Bull and, today it was strong.

“In these situations, I think it’s good to also look at the positives and there are plenty today.”

Tough to take
Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the Ferrari F1-75 on track at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Despite Leclerc’s attempts to look at the glass half full, the 24-year-old admitted that he’s disappointed about the loss in points.

“Overall, it’s always a disappointment,” said Leclerc.

“Obviously, once you’re fighting for a championship, you know that every point is very valuable.

“But over the course of a season, I think it always more or less happens. Which is not an excuse for sure.

“I’m pretty sure that everyone is already working flat out to understand all of it and to fix it as quickly as possible.

“But everyone is as disappointed as me today with what’s happened and there was just no reason for me to be angry at anybody getting out [of] the car.

“I just wanted to see the mechanics to cheer them up a little bit because they were pretty down.”

Ferrari will be eager to fix their power issue ahead of Leclerc’s home race in Monaco this weekend, where the Monegasque will be looking to overcome his “Monaco curse” and snatch back his lead over Verstappen.

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