Charles Leclerc reveals Ferrari sacrifice at Singapore GP

Carlos Sainz won the 2023 Singapore GP in part thanks to the selflessness of his Ferrari teammate

-

Charles Leclerc said that he gave up his chances of winning the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix three times, in order to secure a win for Ferrari and Carlos Sainz.

Sainz started from pole and led every lap as he showed good race management skills to bring home his first victory since the 2022 British GP, but Leclerc also did him a trio of favours.

The Monegasque first started on the soft tyre to gain track position before holding up George Russell throughout the first stint and during the safety car pit-lane scramble, ensuring Sainz retained the lead.

Despite his teammate winning the 25-year-old would only go on to finish fourth, 21 seconds off the lead.

“I think we did a really good race management today,” Leclerc said to media after the race.

“That’s exactly what we wanted to do to take the position from George [Russell], try and create the gap for Carlos [Sainz] to be able to stop one lap later than me without losing the lead.

“That’s exactly what we did. Unfortunately, with the safety car that put me on the backfoot because I had to lose four or five positions because of that.”

“I changed my mind very last minute [to go to the softs for the start]” Leclerc added. “Just to make sure that I was in front of George in the first stint, because then it was really clear that just beneficial for Carlos.

“Because obviously I was making the gap, but also for me because then that means I can stop before Carlos and try and get that second place.”

Leclerc concluded: “All in all, the win was the priority today.”

Ferrari have taken a leap forwards

The result is a second straight podium for Ferrari alongside a second successive pole position, on two very different tracks in Monza and Marina Bay, that also followed a strong showing by Sainz at the Dutch GP.

Leclerc believes that Ferrari have progressed after testing their latest updates at the previous few races.

“I really hope it’s possible to reproduce that Suzuka,” Leclerc continued. “And I’m really looking forward to see that because if we do that, so then it’s a really good sign for the future.

“In Zandvoort, we’ve done many tests, in Monza, we wanted to reconfirm those tests and the understanding we had from the car. Here, we applied everything and it seemed be a big step forward.

“Having said that, Singapore has historically been a very good track for us. So we need to wait one more race, in order to see whether we have done really good step forward consistently, or whether it’s one off but I can only say after Japan.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

The start of the 2024 Hungarian GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – 2024 Hungarian GP

0
Oscar Piastri stunned fans at the Hungaroring by taking his first career victory at the 2024 F1 Hungarian Grand...
Nick Cassidy walking down the pit lane at the 2024 London E-Prix | Formula E

Emotional Cassidy ‘incredibly sad’ to miss out in dramatic Formula E title race

0
Nick Cassidy was almost lost for words after he dramatically lost the 2024 Formula E title to Pascal Wehrlein...
Kyle Larson of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 | NASCAR / Getty Images

Why NASCAR waited and ended the Brickyard 400 under caution

0
Kyle Larson, a Hendrick Motorsports driver, winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the thirty-year anniversary of...
Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during the 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen slams Red Bull over shocking 2024 Hungarian GP performance

0
Max Verstappen slams Red Bull for a shocking display at the 2024 Hungarian GP, calling the car slow and...
Oscar Piastri celebrates winning the 2024 Hungarian GP | McLaren F1 Team

Emotional Oscar Piastri relives maiden F1 win at Hungarian GP

0
An emotional Oscar Piastri said his 2024 Hungarian GP victory was a β€œdream come true” as he took his...
Colton Herta wins the IndyCar 2024 Grand Prix of Toronto | Penske Entertainment: Travis Hinkle

Colton Herta Triumphs in Toronto, Ending 40-Race Winless Streak

0
Michael Andretti’s jubilant reaction following the IndyCar Grand Prix of Toronto at Exhibition Place was unmistakable as Colton Herta...
Pascal Wehrlein celebrates winning the Formula E championship at the London E-Prix | Formula E

Victory and redemption: Pascal Wehrlein’s road to becoming Formula E champion

0
Following a wide-open battle that boiled down to the very last race of the 2024 season, Pascal Wehrlein officially...
Mitch Evans looks on at the 2024 Portland E-Prix | Formula E

Evans hits out at Jaguar: Team were working against me in Formula E finale

0
Mitch Evans feels his Jaguar team were working against him during the Formula E finale in London as he...
Pascal Wehrlein celebrates winning 2024 Formula E championship | Formula E

London E-Prix Results 2024 – Formula E Round 16

0
Pascal Wehrlein emerged victorious in one of the most dramatic races in Formula E history, securing his maiden Drivers'...
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes battle for track position at Turn 2 during the 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen escapes crash penalty: Blames Lewis Hamilton

0
Max Verstappen blames Lewis Hamilton for turning in too early for their Hungaroring crash on July 21 as the...
- Advertisment -