Hungarian Grand Prix – Charles Leclerc took the blame for his spin in the first part of qualifying, but conceded that he needs to reduce the number of driving errors.
The Ferrari driver managed to secure fourth place on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and out-qualify team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the process. However, he risked a premature exit from the session after spinning out and hitting the barriers in Q1.
Fortunately, he had already posted a lap time sufficient to progress into the second part of qualifying, giving the Ferrari mechanics time to assess the damage and fix the rear wing ahead of Q2.
Speaking after qualifying, Leclerc admitted that he was fortunate that the damage was not more serious and that he needs to learn from his errors.
His list of race and qualifying mistakes include crashes during Q3 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix qualifying hour and during the wet German Grand Prix.
“I was very lucky to go again [in Q2]. I have to thank the team for what they’ve done, but it was a completely unnecessary mistake at that point in qualifying,” said Leclerc.
“That’s two mistakes in two Grands Prix; the first was not acceptable, and this one was definitely not acceptable, and if I would’ve stayed in the wall, then it would’ve been a lot worse.
“I need to learn from mistakes. This is the second one in qualifying, at an unnecessary time, so I need to understand how I will work on that.
“Baku was just trying too hard. This one, I had Seb starting the lap in front. I knew I would lose a little bit of downforce, but I’ve just been surprised, but it’s completely my fault.”
Leclerc added that whilst he was pleased with his final Q3 qualifying efforts, it was lower than Ferrari than Ferrari’s aims for the weekend.
“On the other hand, it was a very positive Q3 on my side. Of course, we are half-a-second down, that’s not where we want to be, but I’m very happy with my lap overall.”