Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve has highlighted the 2 key areas the place Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc can enhance if he desires to beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to the world championship. The Monegasque driver sits 49 factors behind Verstappen after he got here from nineteenth within the grid within the Canadian Grand Prix to complete fifth.
The Dutchman did nevertheless declare one other win to increase his lead, and Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez additionally moved forward of Leclerc as Villeneuve questioned whether or not the 24-year-old can minimize out errors and deal with the stress of beating Verstappen. “He’s super-quick, however proper now he nonetheless makes just a few little errors that he should not,” Villeneuve informed the F1 Nation podcast. “Imola, for instance, then he isn’t helped by the staff. That’s the vitality all of them have collectively.
“Right now we all know he is quick, he is aggressive, is he a world champion? Is he like Max, how is he beneath stress when it is cash time for the championship? That’s what we nonetheless want to search out out.”
At Imola, Leclerc was too aggressive in his makes an attempt to overhaul Perez and was pitched right into a spin which noticed him fall from third to sixth on the chequered flag.
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He confirmed his overtaking means in Montreal nevertheless, as Leclerc was compelled to start out from nineteenth place after receiving a again of the grid penalty for taking new energy unit parts having already suffered a ten-place drop when taking over recent management electronics.
He was capable of stage a comeback that noticed Leclerc end within the factors with a fifth-placed end, however Villeneuve was not too impressed along with his efficiency. “When you are in a Ferrari, you must solely have a Red Bull in entrance of you,” he added. “Before the race, they took these penalties as a result of it is Montreal, and of their minds, the worst they might end was P4 having Perez nonetheless within the race, and so they did not.
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“That additionally reveals how good Lewis [Hamilton] was as a result of he was truly in entrance of a Ferrari. There was additionally a security automotive that allowed Charles to get near the pack, and he completed fifth.
“So yeah it is good, it is good salvaging of factors, but it surely’s not ok. They had a poor pit cease and acquired out behind 4 vehicles as an alternative of forward of them. Fighting to get these positions killed their tyres, and that is why they did not get the Mercedes ultimately.”
Lewis Hamilton picked up his second podium of the season in Canada, and Leclerc has warned that the seven-time world champion might be again in competition for the title. “They regarded robust, they regarded a lot stronger than earlier than,” Leclerc mentioned. “If they’re persistently at this degree they will be a part of this battle for the wins.”
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