Charles Leclerc has said he thinks Sauber extracted the maximum from the French Grand Prix but that his own mistake cost them a place.
Leclerc qualified eighth, following problems for both Haas cars after he reached Q3. After overtaking Raikkonen on lap one, the pace of the Sauber was unable to compete with the top six cars, even as Vettel and Bottas came back up the order.
“But at the end of it I think we were more surprised than anyone, we were actually following them and putting pressure on them which we definitely did not expect today.”
Asked whether he could have finished higher he said “At the end I don’t think we could have done much better – probably one point more was possible today.”
Leclerc attributed the fall back to a mistake while following Magnussen, saying that he pushed too hard – “I’m really only a bit disappointed with myself because I think overall we did a great race, in the team but I did a mistake following Kevin, I tried to get back into the DRS zone and put pressure on him and I lost the car in turn two being too close to him and then Nico Hulkenberg overtook us.
“So we lost quite a bit of time there and we lost one place. So it’s a bit of a shame. But at the end we had a very smooth run in the last four or five races, without any mistakes so sometimes it happens and I’ll try to learn from it, to get better.”
Leclerc has scored 11 of Sauber’s 13 championship points this season.
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