Charles Leclerc missed a chance for his third victory after being overtaken by Lewis Hamilton at the end of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Monakian took the lead after a disastrous collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. After the start of the second half, he led most of the laps, until lap 50, when he had to realize the seven-time world champion’s superiority. Leclerc managed to claim his first Ferrari win since 2019.
The 25-year-old admitted after the race that it was hard to digest the end result.
“It’s hard to be 100% happy. Of course it was a great race. I did my best, but it wasn’t enough to defend the top spot for the last two laps” Charles Leclerc told Sky Sports.
“Congratulations Lewis, he did a great job. It’s great to see all the fans in the stands. I felt good in the car, but there was not a little bit of speed at the end.”
The Ferrari driver admitted that he does not expect to compete for pole position in Sunday’s race. Monaco added that they were pleased with the pace the Italian team showed at Silverstone.
“We certainly did not expect this. After qualifying, we thought we’d be competitive, but not that far. We were fighting for the win and we were fast, especially in the middle mixture, which is good news for us.”
“The solid tires really lack some speed compared to the Mercedes cars. However, the ride was much better compared to what we had recently” – Monakian summed it up.