The race at Suzuka was the third in a row in which Charles Leclerc finished fourth. The Monegasque believes that Ferrari has reached the maximum today. His teammate Carlos Sainz finished sixth.
With six rounds before the end of the season, Ferrari closed the gap with Mercedes to twenty points in the battle for second place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Charles Leclerc (4th): “The McLaren drivers were very fast today, so I don’t think we could have done anything better. I had to be quite aggressive in overtaking George Russell so as not to lose much time, and the plan worked perfectly. Then I checked the condition of the tires. I think we did well. I am satisfied with today’s performance.
Fighting with Mercedes in the constructors’ championship? They were also fast in today’s race and put some pressure on us at the end. They seem less stable in qualifying, but there will continue to be a very close fight between us. “I feel like we learned something over the last few weekends that will help us compete against them for the rest of the season.”
Carlos Sainz (6th): “Today I felt more comfortable in the car than the previous days. I was able to find my pace and check the condition of the tires. On the Hard tires the pace was very good, but unfortunately this could not be demonstrated due to the fact that I spent most of the race in dirty air.
I had a good start and controlled the pace. “Unfortunately I lost position to Lewis Hamilton at the last pit stop, but I think we have to be happy with the results of the race.”
Source: F1 News
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