Leclerc: I had no indication, it just broke

Charles Leclerc endured an agonizing 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, because while leading the race, and without any indication, his Ferrari engine just broke.

Leclerc enjoyed an undisputed lead at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, ​​as main rival Max Verstappen spun earlier in the race and was stuck behind a spirited George Russell with no DRS to overtake, but on lap 27 the disaster struck as his F1-75’s power pack failed. Game over.

As a result, Verstappen ended up winning the race, taking the lead in the Formula 1 Leclerc Drivers Championship by six points.

Leclerc spoke of a sudden failure after the race, and was quoted by Sky Sports F1 saying, “No, I don’t know anything more than what happened on the bottom.

“I had no indication before. It just broke and completely lost power,” he insisted.

“It’s a shame, in those moments I feel like there’s nothing I can do but look at the positives and there’s a lot of that this weekend.

“We’re going to look at this issue and we can’t afford it to happen multiple times in the season so we have to find the issue,” added the 24-year-old.

Reliability not an issue for Ferrari until Barcelona

Speaking later at Ferrari’s press conference, the Monegasque said: “So far this year the team has done an incredible job in terms of reliability.

“Of course this one hurts because we were ahead all weekend and worked really well. I know things like that can happen sometimes and in times like these it’s important to watch the good points.

“Our pace was very strong in qualifying and in the race and the feeling in the car was really good,” continued the Ferrari ace. “We have made progress in terms of tire management, which has been a weakness in recent races.

“So it’s a shame and I’m disappointed that we lost the opportunity to score a lot of points, but the season is still long and we know we have the potential.

“The next stage is my home race in Monaco, so I’m really looking forward to it and I hope it will be a good race,” concluded the winner of four Grands Prix.

Carlos Sainz: The car was not the same after the spin

Carlos Sainz got off to a bad start to his home race from third on the grid, then was plagued by a gust of wind at Turn 4 on lap 7, after which he could only recover fourth place for the Reds, also benefiting from Lewis Hamilton’s car troubles. towards the end of the race.

“Long and tough race for us,” Sainz said after the race. “After the gust of wind and the spin, I tried to recover and the car wasn’t the same after that.

“I took quite a bit of damage and slipped a lot trying to get back on the podium. But in the end, fourth was not what I wanted, I clearly struggled the whole race, but sometimes that’s how it goes,” he added.

When asked if he had a chance of a podium finish, the Spaniard replied: “I probably think not, just not enough pace, but maybe with the problems Lewis had towards the end if we would have been shorter the last stint it might have been possible anyway, still good points.

A difficult Sunday for Sainz

Sainz said later in Ferrari’s post-race report: “It was a very difficult Sunday and very far from what we had hoped for. A gust of wind threw me into turn 4 and unfortunately my car was damaged.

“From then on it was a big struggle for me, because the lack of downforce made me slide with the tires all over the place.

“We gave everything to recover and we managed to get back to P4, which isn’t too bad considering the circumstances, but it’s far from ideal,” he revealed.

Sainz spared his unlucky team-mate a word, saying: “Too bad for Charles because he dropped out while leading, but we will work as a team to come back stronger to Monaco.

“The biggest positive today was the incredible crowd in the stands who supported us, so I really want to thank all the fans for their support. Next up,” the 27-year-old concluded. (Additional report by Agnès Carlier)

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