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Charles Leclerc laments ‘frustrating’ finish to Italian Grand Prix as he finishes second

Charles Leclerc admits: ‘I wish we could have raced’ after the Italian Grand Prix finished behind the safety car… as the Ferrari driver laments missing out on a chance to win ahead of the ‘amazing Tifosi’ at Monza

  • Charles Leclerc wanted to win in front of 125,000 Ferrari fans in Monza
  • He could only finish second behind championship leader Max Verstappen
  • The race ended behind a safety car, preventing the drivers from racing too late
  • Leclerc was disappointed that he didn’t get the chance to chase Verstappen

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Charles Leclerc was bitterly disappointed after the Italian Grand Prix ended behind the safety car to deprive him of his chance to catch Max Verstappen in the closing laps of the race.

Leclerc started on pole, but Verstappen flew through the field and looked on course for victory as he opened up a big lead. Daniel Ricciardo, however, was forced to stop his McLaren on the side of the track with five laps to go, and it looked like a potentially exciting finish was at stake.

However, the race marshals were unable to move Ricciardo’s car in time, preventing the race from starting. Leclerc was frustrated at the end of the race, especially as he was looking for a win in front of 125,000 Ferrari fans at Monza.

Charles Leclerc was only able to finish second in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon

Charles Leclerc was only able to finish second in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon

The race ended behind the safety car, with Max Verstappen leading the drivers home

The race ended behind the safety car, with Max Verstappen leading the drivers home

The race ended behind the safety car, with Max Verstappen leading the drivers home

“The ending was frustrating. I wish we could go racing. It is a pity. I gave everything but today we have P2,” he said shortly after the race.

“I wish I could have won for the great Tifosi we have here, but I couldn’t today.”

Ferrari has occasionally been criticized for their strategy this season, and they made another controversial call when they pitted Leclerc under the virtual safety car early as Sebastian Vettel withdrew from the race.

This meant they had to call in Leclerc for another pit stop later in the race, and their guess came to nothing.

Leclerc wanted to win in front of 125,000 Ferrari fans at Monza, but had to settle for second place

Leclerc wanted to win in front of 125,000 Ferrari fans at Monza, but had to settle for second place

Leclerc wanted to win in front of 125,000 Ferrari fans at Monza, but had to settle for second place

Leclerc hinted that the team was trying to surprise Red Bull, but admitted he was not happy with the result, as he again finished second behind Verstappen.

He continued: “We didn’t know what they… [Red Bull] so we took that choice. Obviously we finished P2, so I’m not happy with the race. We’re going to work on that.’

Verstappen started seventh, but after overtaking four cars on the opening two laps, it always seemed only a matter of time before he overtook Leclerc.

Leclerc was happy with his car’s pace, but acknowledged that it still wasn’t good enough to stop Red Bull.

“The pace was strong. We’ll have to look into it, but I think we were pretty strong. It just wasn’t enough,” he admitted.

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