F1: Ferrari must get on top of engine failures, says Leclerc

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 10, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga

Charles Leclerc expressed concern about Ferrari’s engine reliability even as he celebrated returning to the top of the Formula One podium for the first time since April on Sunday.

The Monegasque’s Austrian Grand Prix victory was his third in 11 races this season, lifting him to second in the championship but a hefty 38 points behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

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“I definitely needed that one. I mean, the last five races have been incredibly difficult for myself, but also for the team, obviously,” he said.

“It just felt like everything was against me. So, finally we had a breakthrough good race today and it really feels good to have a win again.”

While Leclerc was delighted to end a tough run of races, and relieved to finish as a throttle problem emerged in the closing laps, Ferrari literally blew a one-two finish when Carlos Sainz’s engine expired.

Leclerc said that lack of consistency, with Sainz a winner in Britain last weekend, was worrying for a team chasing their first title since 2008.

“It is definitely a concern, so we need to look into that and make sure that it doesn’t happen,” he said when asked about the failure.

“Obviously it happened twice on my side in the last five races and now Carlos again. So yeah, we need to get on top of this as quickly as possible.”