Charles Leclerc admits he is disappointed with how his 2022 season has turned out after losing the championship to Max Verstappen.
“When I look back at the season, obviously we are going from 2020 and 2021 that [was] very difficult for the whole team, and this year we did a huge step forward in terms of performance,” said Leclerc.
“But there was loads of missed opportunities and parts of the season where there was too many mistakes. So it’s been a frustrating season overall. On the other hand, I’m pretty sure it will help us to get better in the future.”
Leclerc has lost potential wins due to unreliability, crashed out while leading in France and been frustrated by some of the team’s tactical calls. He admitted the season had been more challenging than others as he’s seen Verstappen reverse his early championship lead and clinch the title with four races to spare.
“It’s part of seasons in general, there are always ups and downs, more this year than in other years. Especially the middle part of the season has been very, very difficult.
“But mentally, I’ve always managed to re-zero before every race and to come to the races with a normal mindset having forgotten what happened in the previous races.
“Whenever there’s a mistake or something going wrong you always try to analyse where that’s coming from and then once you understand from where it’s coming you’re trying to move forward,” he added.
Leclerc slipped to third place in the championship behind Sergio Perez at the last round. However he says he’s “not really” concerned about claiming the runner-up spot in the championship.
“I mean, yes, it’s always nicer to finish second than third. But my main focus is not really on that.
“It’s mostly on trying to use these last four races for us to be challenging for the world championship next year. So we’ll try to use these last four races for that.”
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