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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc hails recovery drive as one his best

An eventful opening lap at the Styrian Grand Prix forced Charles Leclerc to pit for a new wing. Despite the setback, the Ferrari driver recovered and finished the day in seventh place.

Despite an eventful opening lap that saw him drop all the way down to 18th, Charles Leclerc was pleased with how his Styrian Grand Prix played out, calling his performance one of the best of his career.

The Monegasque driver raged the rear of Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri, forcing the Frenchman out of the race. Leclerc was forced to pit after suffering front wing damage, though he ended his day on a high after coming home in seventh.

"If we look at the first lap it’s been an incredible race for us and we’ve been incredibly quick, but obviously there’s this first lap…" Leclerc told Formula1.com.

"It basically stopped us [and forced us to do] something much, much, much better today. It was a big opportunity, the pace was incredible, this race is probably one of my best performances in Formula 1 today – apart from the Lap 1 [incident], but it’s life."

As for the coming together with Gasly, Leclerc didn't want to lay

"To be honest I need to rewatch the images from outside," Leclerc added. "I have no idea whether Pierre went a little bit to the left or I went a little bit to the right at the same time.

"I guess it’s a bit of both, and at the end we touched."

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