The Ferrari driver detailed how he strategically executed the maneuver to secure the second position at the conclusion of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, as he aggressively passed Sergio Perez at the end of the Strip.
Charles Leclerc has disclosed that he observed a previous mistake made by Sergio Perez and utilized it as motivation for his final lap overtake in the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Leclerc reached 7G in deceleration force on the 50th and last lap in Nevada, as he made a daring move past Perez on the brakes at the end of the 1.2-mile straight along the Strip to secure second place from the Red Bull driver.
Leclerc’s performance secured his highest result since coming in second place in Austria 12 races ago. However, a minor mistake at Turn 12 allowed Perez to overtake him for the position.
Leclerc breaks down the Perez transfer
Leclerc told the media, that once he went for it, he was quite confident that it would work out.
It was pretty much my only chance, and it was the only location where you could actually make a pass.
Additionally, I considered that Checo had made a minor error four or five laps earlier, which made me aware of his cautious braking.
Leclerc also shared his thoughts on the weekend’s start, as Free Practice 1 was canceled after his teammate Carlos Sainz’s car was damaged by a dislodged water valve cover, causing a long delay to FP2.
“I’m really pleased that we ended the weekend on a positive note. It was tough for me to see my beloved sport getting off to a rocky start,” he expressed joyfully.
Despite the mishap, I’m pleased with our excellent race and believe it more than compensates for any other issues. The race doesn’t need much tweaking, just the timing.