Leclerc selects a difficult Ferrari race as his personal best of the season


Charles Leclerc has chosen the Austrian Grand Prix as a personal best victory from an up-and-down 2022 season for Ferrari.

The Monegasque started the season as one of the favourites for the 2022 Drivers’ Championship, following a victory at the season-opening race in Bahrain.

A win at round three in Australia underlined Ferrari’s early championship credentials, but their season fell away due to reliability issues, driver errors and operational mistakes.

The 2022 season was still a marked improvement in performance for Ferrari, who took advantage of the technical regulation changes to emerge as an F1 frontrunner.

When asked about his personal highlight from the 2022 season, Charles Leclerc picked his round 11 victory at the Red Bull Ring, a race which also saw the dramatic reliability issues that befell teammate Carlos Sainz.

“My best one is probably Austria,” Leclerc told media, including

“It felt particularly good after the previous races that didn’t go our way, so Austria was a really good one.

“We had a very good tyre management, very good pace from the first lap to the last one. So it felt good.”

Leclerc: Ferrari much different on Sundays

Despite losing out to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship with several rounds to go, Leclerc took the accolade of securing the most Pole Positions in 2022.

His nine P1 qualifying results underlined the fundamental performance of the Ferrari F1-75, but Leclerc highlight the key differences between their strong qualifying sessions and weaker race days.

“I think with new tyres and low fuel it was a really strong car. The feeling was really good,” added Leclerc.

“We were struggling a little bit more on the Sunday, especially with tyre degradation, struggling to put the car in the right place for it to be nice on tyres, and we’ve paid the price quite often on Sunday.

“A very, very fast car the Saturday, a bit more difficult to understand on the Sunday.”

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