Leclerc obtained a five-second penalty shortly after the chequered flag when he was discovered to have exceeded the pitlane pace restrict when he got here in on the finish of Lap 42.
The penalty dropped Leclerc from fifth to sixth place behind Fernando Alonso, and got here after Leclerc had been operating comfortably in fifth. The choice to pit once more was a bid by Ferrari to attempt to get the quickest lap bonus level, just for Leclerc to fall six-tenths of a second shy of Max Verstappen’s greatest lap time.
Leclerc took the blame for exceeding the pitlane pace restrict, however Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto revealed a sensor failure ensuing from a visor tear-off getting caught in Leclerc’s front-right brake duct meant the group’s measurements could have been barely out.
“It was actually, actually borderline,” Binotto mentioned after the race when requested by Autosport in regards to the determination to pit Leclerc so late.
“We weren’t utilizing our regular sensors measuring the pace as a result of they’ve failed through the overheating of the front-right as a result of tear-off of Max, and our restoration [system], perhaps it was not such correct.
“I believe total, it has been an unfortunate state of affairs. It’s not due to that we cease deciding and being courageous, to go for a quickest lap when circumstances are there to go for it.”
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Photograph by: Erik Junius
Leclerc was discovered by the stewards to have exceeded the 80km/h restrict within the pitlane by 1 km/h, triggering the five-second penalty.
It marked one other setback for Leclerc and Ferrari on a day their title hopes took one other large hit after Verstappen charged from 14th on the grid to win the race, extending his championship result in 98 factors over Leclerc.
Binotto felt the decision to convey Leclerc in so he might attempt to rating the quickest lap bonus level was the fitting one.
“It’s the chance to attempt to get the quickest lap, and there was the margin on Fernando to cease and attempt to go for it,” Binotto mentioned.
“I believe it was the fitting determination, and we knew it could have been very near Fernando. It simply tight shedding the place.
“However we knew as nicely he might have overtook him again as a result of he had the more energizing tyres, and that might have helped by way of DRS and high pace in the primary straight.
“As soon as once more, I believe it was the fitting determination.”
Ferrari has suffered a handful of technique setbacks this season, and the Spa race noticed Leclerc face various questions from his engineer about which tyres they need to go for.
However Binotto felt there was “no want in any respect” to rethink Ferrari’s method to its technique discussions.
“Clearly there’s all the time a have to attempt to enhance, and there are classes realized which we’re and reflecting,” Binotto mentioned.
“But when I look again on the season, I believe there are plenty of perceptions from exterior in comparison with what are the true and the truth, I believe generally we’re not doing errors when it could have been perceived as a mistake.
“Greater than that, if I have a look at as we speak, and I deal with as we speak, I believe that the decision to cease him was the fitting name. You must be courageous in F1.”