“Don’t deserve to be on pole”

For the first time this season, Charles Leclerc is not on the front row through his own fault. The Ferrari driver had a clean record in this respect up until Baku and had always started the race from position one or two. The streak ended in Canada, where he missed out on Q2 after a fixed engine change.

But in Silverstone, the Monegasque “only” qualified on his own in third place behind teammate Carlos Sainz and World Championship leader Max Verstappen. Everything had actually looked as if Leclerc would have a clear view again in Great Britain, but a mistake on the decisive lap prevented a better lap time.

Leclerc spun in the Chapel corner and thus also triggered the yellow flags that cost Verstappen his attack on pole. “I knew it would be the lap where I had to put everything together, but I didn’t manage to do that as a driver. And that’s why I don’t deserve to be on pole,” said Leclerc.

Because he knew the track would have the best conditions at the end of Q3, allowing him to beat Verstappen’s previously set time once again. “But at Turn 14 there was just a lot of standing water and I lost the car,” he says.

“Apart from that, the car was quite competitive in these conditions, which is quite important,” he continues. Because in recent years, the Ferrari has not been easy to drive in the rain. “So it’s nice that we found a bit of consistency in the rain.”

Despite the spin, third place is a good starting position for the race. “And if we get everything together, then hopefully we can come back,” said Leclerc, who can also be happy about his team-mate’s first pole position: “He did a great job.”

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