Charles Leclerc mentioned it was ‘unbelievable’ to be ‘again in a automotive that was able to successful after he secured Ferrari their first win the season on the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
Leclerc emerged victorious on the season-opener whereas Crimson Bull suffered two late retirements as Max Verstappen was compelled to cease after complaining of a battery drawback within the closing laps earlier than his Crimson Bull teammate Sergio Perez suffered an engine failure.
Leclerc mentioned he was pleased with his efficiency in the course of the ‘powerful race’ and credited his workforce for his or her contribution. Whereas his team-mate, Carlos Sainz Jr, mentioned Ferrari’s ‘tireless work over the past years’ had lastly ‘paid off’.
Charles Leclerc expressed his delight at being again in a automotive that was able to successful after he secured Ferrari their first win the season on the Bahrain Grand Prix
The 24-year-old emerged victorious on the season-opener to safe Ferrari their first win
Talking after the race on Sunday, Leclerc mentioned: ‘Coming into this season, we knew we might be in a greater place than we have now been for the previous two years, however we didn’t know precisely the place we might stand.
‘To be again on prime with a automotive that’s able to successful feels unbelievable. An enormous thanks to our entire workforce, you’ve achieved a tremendous job and this victory is for all of you.
‘The race was powerful and I gave it my all. Every time I had a little bit of margin behind me, I felt answerable for the race and was managing the hole effectively. However after the primary cease, issues turned extra difficult.’
Max Verstappen was compelled right into a ‘brutal’ double retirement on the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton snatched a spot on the rostrum within the ultimate lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix
Leclerc – who went toe to toe with Verstappen for a lot of the primary race of the yr – went on to elucidate how the Dutch driver had ‘challenged’ him.
The 24-year-old mentioned: ‘Max challenged me thrice and I needed to place myself in the appropriate technique to reclaim my place every time he handed me.
‘As soon as the Security Automobile got here out, we misplaced the hole we had created and needed to begin once more from zero. I knew I needed to do the perfect restart doable and I’m glad I acquired the job achieved effectively. Automobile improvement will probably be extra important than in earlier years and we have now to remain on prime of our sport.
‘As for this weekend – we did every little thing proper. Pole, quickest lap, the victory and second place for our workforce. Forza Ferrari!’.
Sainz Jr (left) was desperate to thank the Ferrari workforce for the ‘tireless work’ that they had put in
In the meantime, Sainz Jr was desperate to thank the Ferrari workforce for the ‘tireless work’ that they had put in over the past two years.
The F1 driver mentioned: ‘That is undoubtedly a day to have fun for your entire workforce. Beginning the season with a 1-2 is the right reward for the tireless work they’ve achieved over the past two years and congrats to Charles on a strong win.
‘We additionally need to share our pleasure with all our Tifosi around the globe as a result of we all the time felt their assist even once we weren’t preventing on the prime.
‘For me, I’m very proud of the outcome however I’m not significantly proud of my race. It was in all probability one of many hardest ones since I joined Ferrari.
‘I wasn’t feeling at house with the automotive and we have to perceive why. However right this moment it’s time to have fun this superb outcome altogether.
‘The nice effort to deliver Ferrari again to the highest, the place it belongs, has paid off right this moment and everybody deserves to take pleasure in it. We’ll hold pushing subsequent week in Saudi. Forza Ferrari!’