Leclerc regarded poised to mount a title problem for the primary time in his F1 profession after profitable two of the primary three races, surging into an early factors lead because of the victories in Bahrain and Australia.
However Leclerc would rating only one extra win all season as Max Verstappen and Purple Bull pulled forward within the struggle, aided by a automotive that was clearly a step forward in efficiency from the summer season break onwards.
It left Leclerc combating for second place come the top 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 Purple Bull drivers within the last standings supplied him a lot satisfaction, Leclerc replied: “Not an excessive amount of satisfaction, to be trustworthy.
“Wanting again on the season, I feel it has been an excellent season, particularly 2020 and 2021 which were two very tough years for the workforce.
“It wasn’t a on condition that we’d do such a step ahead and end second within the drivers’ championship and in addition second within the constructors’ championship. So for that I am blissful.
“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 every thing collectively coming to Sunday. And that was that was irritating
“So blended emotions about this season. However second place is sort of good. I simply hope it’s a step ahead, and that for subsequent yr, we are able to do one other step ahead.”
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB18, Sergio Perez, Purple 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, figuring out he had an excellent probability of victory.
“I feel within the warmth of the second and within the warmth of the season, races are coming fairly shortly,” Leclerc mentioned when discussing the problem to maintain frustration underneath management.
“So I feel it is OK. It is simply on the finish of the season, then you definitely look again on the season and you are feeling it a bit extra. However throughout the season, it wasn’t that tough.”