Lewis Hamilton received a record-tying seventh Components One title on Sunday after taking dwelling the Turkish Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc was working second till he locked a wheel on the antepenultimate flip and let two vehicles previous. I nonetheless am not fairly over Leclerc’s subsequent meltdown on the radio.
You could find video of the error at round 5:44 of the highlights on YouTube, which I might embed right here besides Components One doesn’t let its YouTube movies play on different web sites.
Extra dramatic than the error, although, was Leclerc’s response. “You probably did an excellent job. Actually good job,” somebody calmly tells Leclerc after he’s crossed the road. He disagrees.
The mix of disgrace, humiliation, and anger to start with finally offers method to through-gritted-teeth congratulations of Vettel, which you get the sense was the actual humiliation. Leclerc is aware of he ought to have been on that podium; as a substitute it was his teammate, whose ass Leclerc has spent the season kicking. Leclerc is presently fifth within the drivers’ standings; Vettel is thirteenth.
I keep in mind seeing this clip Sunday and recoiling a bit on the Leclerc’s vulnerability and fervour, so late within the season and with the championship race over; once I noticed some recent feedback from Vettel about Thursday on Formula1.com, I watched it once more and it had the identical impact. Right here’s what Vettel mentioned:
“In all probability irrelevant, to be sincere. Turkey is a particular place for me as a result of it’s the place every part began. It’s in all probability not the place every part ends however nonetheless I believe, trying again to many a few years in the past, I believe having Charles as a workforce mate, I usually see myself in him as properly.
“He’s quite a bit youthful, he’s very fast and I believe the truth that – I haven’t had the possibility to speak to him but – however I’ll inform him later that being on the rostrum or not really is a bit irrelevant for him as a result of he has so a few years forward of him and so many podiums to come back, which I’m certain of.
That the rostrum is irrelevant is straightforward to say when you find yourself on it; Leclerc’s first probability to make up for every part received’t come till Bahrain on November 29.