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Charles Leclerc

Leclerc urges Ferrari action on slow pit stops

The Monegasque driver had his second slow pit stop in as many weeks during the Sprint at Spa-Francorchamps.

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Charles Leclerc has urged Ferrari to improve its pit stop performance after another slow tyre change during Saturday's F1 Sprint at Spa-Francorchamps.

Leclerc was keen to change from Extreme Wet to Intermediate tyres when the Safety Car pulled in to begin the Sprint, but was forced to wait an extra lap as teammate Carlos Sainz was ahead and therefore had priority with his pit stop.

"[I] definitely would have preferred, in an ideal world, to come in straight away, but I think we did the right choice," Leclerc told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We would have lost too much time if I was pitting behind Carlos, so I had no choice. It wasn't ideal but it's the way it is."

Leclerc: We need to maximise everything

When Leclerc did make his stop, he was stationary for five seconds and saw other drivers overtake, falling to seventh where he finished the race.

This comes after Leclerc had been on his marks for over ten seconds during last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

"What hurt us even more [than waiting an extra lap] is the slow pit stop," said Leclerc.

"We need to look into this, because it's been two races where we're struggling a bit more with the pit stops.

"As I’ve said many times, when we're not fast enough we need to maximise all our points and today we didn't.

"We're only speaking about one or two points, but it's still one or two points and we need to make sure we maximise everything."

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