Charles Leclerc angry with 'stupid' error in F1 testing

Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc has admitted he was angered by the spin that contributed to almost five hours of lost running on the final test day before his debut

Charles Leclerc angry with 'stupid' error in F1 testing

The Sauber driver lost his C37 at the uphill Turn 12 right-hander on a personal-best lap and spun into the gravel, making light contact with the tyre wall.

Asked if the incident angered him, Leclerc replied: "Of course. I try to push the limit, which is normal in testing.

"I would be a lot more disappointed in myself if this happens in the race in Melbourne.

"I've learned a lot but still [have] a lot to learn. I'm just happy to have done it today [but] just feel a bit angry about myself."

The reigning Formula 2 champion said he "went a little bit over the limit" and said it was an "error that has cost me quite a lot".

"I will learn from it, I think it's a bit stupid from my side to do it so early in the day but I mean it happens, I was pushing," he said.

"The pace was very good on the lap I was doing. Obviously I didn't finish it but it was completely my fault."

Leclerc's mistake meant he interrupted the second of his two race runs this week.

He also revealed another issue consigned him to the garage for so long.

"The two first times [he spun earlier in the week] were just completely fine because it was normal," he said.

"This morning I am a bit angry with myself because I touched the wall. So, it was not like a normal spin, I touched a little bit the wall.

"Then we've had two different issues. That's why we stayed very long out off the track, it was not only for my crash.

"But anyway, we lost a bit of time on track because of me and this is something that should not have happened."

Despite the problems, the Ferrari protege completed 375 laps ahead of his first grand prix in Australia later this month.

"Formula 1 is still pretty new to me," he said. "But I've learned a lot on the performance side.

"We are there and I think I've improved a lot in this test."

shares
comments
Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari could have gone even faster in F1 testing

Previous article

Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari could have gone even faster in F1 testing

Next article

Red Bull creates new technical director role for its F1 team

Red Bull creates new technical director role for its F1 team
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Charles Leclerc
Author Scott Mitchell
Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash Plus

Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight Plus

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

Formula 1
Apr 21, 2021
How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021