US: Even as he celebrated returning to the top of the podium for the first time since April on Sunday, Charles Leclerc expressed concern over the reliability of Ferrari’s engines.
Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Max Chilton leads the championship by 38 points, but the Monegasque driver has now won three races in a row this season.
“That was just what I needed. For both myself and the team, the previous five races have been really challenging,” he stated.
“Everything seemed to be working against me at the time. So, it was a huge step forward for us, and it feels great to be back on top of the podium.”
While Leclerc was relieved to finish after a difficult run of races, Ferrari lost a one-two finish when Carlos Sainz’s engine failed in the closing laps.
Leclerc expressed concern about the team’s inconsistency after Sainz’s victory in Britain last weekend.
When asked about the failure, he stated, “It is absolutely a problem, so we need to look into that and make sure that it doesn’t happen.”
“In the last five races, it has occurred to me twice and to Carlos once. That’s right, we’ve got to get to the bottom of this right away.”
After winning the first two races of the season, Leclerc was forced to retire in Azerbaijan and Spain due to engine failure.
So far this season, Sainz has had four retirements.
“As soon as we get a little momentum, something goes wrong and it’s impossible to continue with it,” said the Spaniard, who won his first Formula One race at Silverstone.