After a red flag period, Leclerc held off Hamilton on the standing restart and was ahead for most of the race distance, Hamilton passing him on lap 50 after the Mercedes driver had recovered from a ten-second penalty for the collision with Verstappen.
“It’s difficult to enjoy 100 percent,” said Leclerc, about his second-place finish. “Of course, it’s been an incredible race, I gave not 100 percent, but I gave 200 percent. I gave all of me.
“But it was just not enough in the last two laps. So congratulations to Lewis, he did an incredible job. And it’s amazing to see as many fans in the grandstand.
“It was hard in the car but [we] lacked just a little bit of pace, in the end.”
Leclerc said that, coming into the weekend, he would not have predicted Ferrari’s pace around Silverstone. “We definitely did not expect it.
“We expected, after qualifying, to be quite competitive but not as competitive as now.
“We’ve been fighting for the win, which was incredible. Especially on the mediums, we were extremely quick, then on the hards we lacked a little bit of pace compared to the Mercedes but overall, it’s much stronger than what we are used to.”
Leclerc’s podium is Ferrari’s second second-place finish of the season, after Carlos Sainz Jnr finished in the same position in Monaco, also disappointed not to have won.
The results, although frustrating to the drivers, are still buoying to the Ferrari team, Leclerc said.
“The team is working incredibly well. So I am very proud of the team. Of course, it is great to have these type of races, it cheers up everyone.
“There’s a lot of work and it shows that we are doing something right and that we are working in the right direction.
“So we need to keep going like this. It won’t be a smooth ride until we are getting back at the top, but we’ll give everything.”
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