Canadian Grand Prix – Sauber’s Charles Leclerc put together another fine display to secure his third points finish in four races.
The Monegasque driver managed to convert his thirteenth place grid position into a place in the top ten, despite overcoming minor brake temperature issues.
Whilst he profited from the retirements of Fernando Alonso and Brendon Hartley, as well as the early off-track moment for Sergio Perez, Leclerc fended off Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen to take the final point.
Leclerc praised the recent progress of the Sauber team and called for the upwards trend to continue.
“It was a good race. I am very happy with the result – it has now been four races that we have been doing a great job, and have been improving consistently,” said Leclerc.
“I am proud of the team and the work that everyone has done. It was exciting to discover this track in Montreal, and I enjoyed driving here very much.
“Now we have to take what we have learned here and look to continue on this positive path for the next couple of races.”
Sauber team principal Frédéric Vasseur was full of praise for the rookie, who has made big contributions to the team’s ninth place in the constructors’ standings.
“Overall it was a good weekend for us. We had one car in Q2 (Charles Leclerc) again – it was the fourth time in a row for us,” said Vasseur.
“The race today was also good. Charles managed to stay ahead of his competitors and fight his way forward, scoring a point for the team again.
“The team did a good job with a very fast pit stop again. Everything is coming together and looking positive, and good steps are being made as a team.
“We have to stay focused and continue working in this direction for the upcoming races.”