Charles Leclerc says that after the Styrian Grand Prix he has a bitterly sweet feeling as he had to box in the first lap due to his own mistake, but after that he had one of the best races in Formula 1 and fought back to seventh place.

Ferrari drivers Leclerc and Sainz had unusually poor qualifications in seventh and 12th place, and Leclerc on the way to the third turn of the first lap touched Gasly’s rear left tire with his front wing and had to box for a new wing.

In boxing, Leclerc replaced soft tires with hard tires and drove 36 laps on them, then switched to medium and drove the last 33 laps on them, making as many as 11 overtaking, which earned him the title of race driver awarded by fans.

“It’s a bitter sweet feeling,” said Leclerc.

“The incident on lap one put us on the back foot. It’s a shame because we lost a good opportunity to bring home an even better result.”

“From the second lap onwards, I would rank this as one of my best races so far in Formula 1. The car felt amazing, the pace was there, and I took every opportunity to make a strong recovery.”

“In terms of performance, we extracted the maximum from the car. This shows how much work has gone on behind the scenes and what an amazing job the team has done especially in the last week.”

“We have to go over all the data to understand exactly how we achieved this step so that we can hopefully repeat it next week.”

Sainz also had a good race to finish ahead of Leclerc, but couldn’t threaten Norris in McLaren who finished fifth.

“I had a strong race and it was a good result for the team,” said Sainz.

“We had good pace from the very beginning, right until the end. I managed to run a very long first stint, doing very good laps once I was able to make the most of running in free air to overcut almost the entire midfield.”

“The pit stop was spot on and that gave us a chance to chase P5 as I had a lot of pace on the Hard tyre. Unfortunately it took me a lot of laps to unlap myself from Hamilton.”

“When I was following him, the front tyres were suffering. By the time I had a clear track ahead of me again, it was too late to try and pass Norris.”

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