Le­clerc loses pos­si­ble ‘Class B’ win

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE | BRITISH GP -

Charles Le­clerc was set for his first vic­tory in For­mula 1’s un­of­fi­cial ‘Class B’ for teams out­side the big three when he was forced to re­tire thanks to a loose rear wheel af­ter a pit­stop. Le­clerc ran sev­enth in the early stages, slip­ping to eighth be­hind the re­cov­er­ing Lewis Hamilton. He sat be­hind fast­start­ing Nico Hulken­berg un­til mak­ing his pit­stop on lap 18 in an at­tempt to un­der­cut his way past the Re­nault for what was then sev­enth place and would even­tu­ally be­come sixth af­ter Max Ver­stap­pen’s re­tire­ment. But a loose rear wheel meant he was or­dered to re­tire, leav­ing the way clear for Hulken­berg to make his stop with­out los­ing a po­si­tion. This also cost Le­clerc a po­ten­tial sixth points fin­ish in seven races af­ter a strong per­for­mance that in­cluded mak­ing Q3 for the sec­ond time in his F1 ca­reer. “It was a very good race un­til that pit­stop,”said Le­clerc.“we have been ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive from the be­gin­ning of the year [on pit­stops]. When you are push­ing ev­ery­thing to the limit, some­times mis­takes hap­pen.” Sauber team-mate Mar­cus Eric­s­son crashed out of 14th place in the race af­ter fail­ing to close the DRS at Abbey. “It seems I have the but­ton be­hind my steer­ing wheel and, as it’s quite bumpy on en­try, I slipped and didn’t hit it,” said Eric­s­son.

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