Charles Leclerc suspects he is suffering with tyre degradation in races because his driving style is too aggressive.Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap of last weekend’s race in Hungary. Vettel had run a longer first stint on his tyres, allowing him to fit soft rubber for his final stint and catch Leclerc.
Speaking after the race Leclerc said he needs to understand how Vettel was able to preserve his tyres for longer.
“I’ve been struggling more and have more tyre degradation compared to Seb,” he said. “So I believe probably it’s coming also from driving, maybe I’m driving a bit too aggressively now in races.
“We need to understand and analyse and try to improve for the next races.”
Leclerc has out-qualified Vettel for the last five races in a row, but he believes the key weakness he needs to work on is in races.
“I was lacking pace at the end of the first stint and at the end of the second stint, mostly tyre degradation. So I don’t know, that’s a few races that I’m quite quick in qualifying but at the end of the races I struggle a bit more.
“I need to understand if I need to adjust a little bit that. But there’s probably also a little bit of driving to try and save a little bit better the tyres in the race.”
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