Leclerc had the very best view of the opening lap crash at Silverstone, as he was working proper behind the lead Crimson Bull and Mercedes vehicles.
And whereas he thinks Hamilton had a bit extra room to play with on the apex of the nook to keep away from contact, the Ferrari driver believes that Verstappen was aggressive together with his flip in.
“It is rather tough to guage it from the automotive; we’re very low,” stated Leclerc. “So it is tough to see.
“Every thing went very fast. Clearly I might see there have been fairly a little bit of issues going round in entrance of me. And yeah, I believe it is a racing incident.
“It is fairly tough to place the blame on one or the opposite. Clearly there was house on the within. Possibly Lewis was not utterly on the apex however it’s additionally true that Max was fairly aggressive on the surface. So, issues occur. What’s an important immediately is that Max is unhurt and is ok.”
The FIA stewards didn’t agree that the crash was a racing incident, they usually handed a Hamilton a 10-second time penalty.
The conflict handed Leclerc the chance to take the lead earlier than the pink flag, and he maintained his benefit on the entrance after the restart.
However regardless of a robust race efficiency, Leclerc didn’t fairly have the tempo to carry on for the win and was overtaken by Hamilton with simply three laps to go.
Reflecting on the race, Leclerc felt that till Hamilton truly bought him he was on target for his first Ferrari win since 2019.
“Till then I nonetheless believed I might win this race, and it is the way in which it ought to be,” he defined.
“If I used to be pondering of being second earlier than that, I believe it would have gone even worse. I believed in it till the final second.
“Clearly I had my engineer telling me Lewis’ tempo on the arduous tyres, and I used to be like ‘that is fast’. I used to be pushing 200% however clearly it wasn’t’ ok to maintain that first place within the final laps.”