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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc angry with himself after last-lap qualifying spin

Charles Leclerc was left frustrated with qualifying in third after spinning out of contention for the British Grand Prix pole position on his final lap.

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Charles Leclerc was frustrated with his performance after spinning out of contention for British Grand Prix pole position and qualifying in third.

The Ferrari driver had been consistently battling to put his name at the top of timing sheets in a wet qualifying hour.

However, with pole position looking possible in the final moments of Q3, Leclerc spun on the exit of Chapel corner, on the entry to the Hangar Straight.

His 360-degree spin caused no damage to the car, but the error cost him any chance of P1, with the accolade going to teammate Carlos Sainz.

Speaking after qualifying, the Ferrari driver conceded that Sainz did the better job, and blamed himself for the error.

"I'm happy for Carlos, he did a great job today," conceded Leclerc.

"I spun in that last lap, I knew it was the lap where I had to put everything together and I didn't as a driver so I didn't deserve to be on pole.

"P3 is still a good position to start in for tomorrow's race and hopefully putting everything together we can come back."

Leclerc predicting open strategy battle

The top two teams in the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari and Red Bull, managed to survive qualifying without any surprise results and locked out the first two rows of the grid.

With the two closely-matched on race pace during free practice, and Mercedes also looking closer than they have in previous events, this leaves an open contest for victory at the British GP.

Looking ahead to the race, Leclerc anticipates that the strategies will be split between one and two-stop races.

"I think the pace is there, so if we have a clean race, then everything should go well," added Leclerc.

"A good start and then obviously tyre management will be a important too.

"I think the strategy is a bit mixed between one and two stops, so it will be interesting to see whoever is going for the one-stop or the two-stop.

"Hopefully we'll make the right choice and we can come back to where we want to be."

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