Leclerc acknowledges Red Bull superiority at Miami GP

Ferrari failed to turn their front row Miami lockout into a 1-2 finish, with Charles Leclerc admitting Red Bull currently have the upper hand

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Charles Leclerc is keen to swing momentum back in Ferrari‘s favour after having no answers for Red Bull and Max Verstappen at the 2022 Miami Grand Prix.

Despite starting Sunday’s race from pole alongside teammate Carlos Sainz, the Monegasque found himself second to championship rival Max Verstappen after just nine laps.

Leclerc‘s best chance of retaking the lead came after a late Safety Car, but in the end it wasn’t enough, with unexpected high tyre degradation ultimately proving too much to overcome.

“We’ve struggled with the softer tyres the last two races, but we do well on the hards,” Leclerc told Sky Sport F1.

“We’re strong at the start with the mediums, but then we suffer from degradation. Maybe we put too much heat into the tyres.

“We have to analyse this and look to improve. Red Bull are very strong in the race, so we have to turn this situation around.”

Leclerc takes podium in stride

Although Verstappen now holds a three to two advantage in terms of wins in 2022, Leclerc still holds a 19-point advantage in the standings.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the Miami Grand Prix with second placed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and third placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Having now finished on the podium at four of the five races this season, Leclerc was pleased with Sunday’s second-place finish while speaking with race engineer Xavier Marcos over the radio.

Marcos: “Great job, P2.”

Leclerc: “Yes, ahh! We were doing well until [inaudible], but then the degradation was really high. That’s ok. They were faster today. Thank you.”

Marcos: “Yes, good race. Ok, we’ll concentrate on this at the next race.”

Adriano Boin
Adriano Boin
Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1 and Ferrari.
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