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Leclerc: Turkish GP “a great race”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 10: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on October 10, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images).

Charles Leclerc has reflected on the Turkish Grand Prix race, where he managed to finish 4th.

Why it matters: The Monegasque was in the position to either win or get to the podium at Istanbul, but lost the pace after pit stop and finished outside the top 3.


  • Leclerc admits that he was not able to make the new tires work after the pit stop.
  • The Ferrari driver does not feel much disappointed about the race result.

What he had to say:

  • “It was a great race. On the first stint we were very, very competitive. Then unfortunately we were a little bit out of phase with the others on the second stint, stopping later.”
  • “At first, in the first five, six laps of the others on the new inters, we were quicker than them on the used inters. But after six laps I think they cleared the graining and then they found a lot of performance – around three seconds a lap – and then we had no choice, we had to stop.”
  • “For the last 10 laps I was just trying to switch on those inters that never really came to life. It’s a bit of a shame because that made us lose the podium, but I don’t regret anything.”
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