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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc angry after committing the 'same mistake' in qualifying

Charles Leclerc gave a damning assessment of his own performance after crashing out of qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc vented his anger at his own performance after crashing out of qualifying for the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix and triggering the red flags.

The Ferrari driver brought the final part of qualifying to an early end after losing control of his car in Turns 5 and 6 and sending his car into the barriers.

Leclerc's first flying lap of Q3 had only been good enough for P7 after a small mistake, and the Monegasque was pushing to improve in the dying moments of qualifying.

The red flags meant all drivers were unable to complete a second flying lap, meaning Leclerc finished the session in seventh place, ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who also failed to set a competitive lap time in the first runs.

Speaking after qualifying, Leclerc took a critical view of his own performance, which has often been the Ferrari's driver's approach to handling mistakes.

"I'm very disappointed with myself, [it was the] same mistake as yesterday, in the same corner," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I also know that qualifying is my strong point, and obviously I am taking more risks in Q3 that pays off nine times out of 10. But obviously, this is a weekend where twice I've put it in the wall, and this is just not the level where I want to be.

"I'm just very disappointed with myself, I did a great lap in the first lap of Q3, but there's no point saying that when you don't finish a lap and you lock up in the last corner. And in the second lap I put it in the wall, so I'm really angry with myself."

When asked by RacingNews365.com how he can recover to rebuild his confidence for the race after heavy self-criticism, Leclerc responded: "I'm very hard with myself, but I also know what my strong points are and what it gives me on the other side by taking this much risk. But it's just very disappointing.

"Then looking forward to tomorrow, I'm pretty sure I will recover and I will reset, so I am not worried about that."

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