Charles Leclerc has revealed he felt “helpless” in the French Grand Prix, after tire issues left him languishing down in 16th.

Leclerc was in the hunt for third in the championship only a few rounds ago, but his run for the top five has hit a brick wall after only scoring 12 points in the past three races, now sitting sixth in the title.

Speaking ahead of this weekends Austrian round, Leclerc says he feels helpless when the tire issues which have robbed him recently occur.

“Well, we don’t know because we didn’t expect it at such an extent in France,” he said

“So yeah, we are expecting the same issue again anytime in the season, but we don’t really know when. But we are trying to fix it as quickly as possible and, hopefully, it will make this issue less of a problem very, very soon.”

“This is the biggest reason why we did a second pitstop basically to try something different anyway. we’d have dropped out of the points even if we wouldn’t have stopped another time, so it wasn’t ideal for the race.

“This is the biggest reason why we did a second pitstop basically to try something different anyway. we’d have dropped out of the points even if we wouldn’t have stopped another time, so it wasn’t ideal for the race. But at least we tried and and learn something but yeah, I tried a different approach and it didn’t change much so there’s not much we can do now.”

Leclerc will hope for some much needed points this weekend, when Formula 1 returns.

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