The Ferrari driver had began the marketing campaign in nice form, profitable two of the opening three races of the season to open up an early title lead.
However a mixture of a swift restoration by Crimson Bull, allied to a run of reliability issues plus errors from his group and himself, allowed Max Verstappen to steadily pull clear because the season wore on.
However whereas Leclerc’s hopes pale away, he says he nonetheless maintained hope of carrying on the struggle proper up till Verstappen’s whole dominance of the Spa weekend.
It was there that the Dutchman was in a category of his personal as he led dwelling teammate Sergio Perez for a Crimson Bull 1-2.
Talking to Motorsport.com about when he lastly accepted the title was now not a chance, Leclerc stated: “Many individuals imagine that this second is the French Grand Prix, however for me it was in Spa.
“In the course of the summer time break, I believed that we nonetheless had the likelihood to remain within the race till the top.
“Then the Belgian Grand Prix arrived and it was the primary weekend of the season during which Crimson Bull was actually superior when it comes to tempo. After that weekend I assumed it could be very tough to maintain our possibilities intact on the earth championship.”
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Photograph by: Ferrari
In an unique interview detailing the highs and lows of the 2022 marketing campaign, Leclerc says he and his group totally perceive the important thing areas that should be labored on.
“At current, I imagine that the factors the place we have to enhance our tyre administration, communication, technique and reliability, which was an issue that we needed to take care of within the first half of the season and that we needed to handle,” he stated.
“I imagine that now we have made progress on communication and technique, particularly in the previous few races. The group has finished an excellent job on these facets and I’ve seen the progress. It wasn’t very apparent as a result of in some race the proper decisions are much less apparent.
“So far as tyre administration is worried, we nonetheless must make some progress. We have now seen a stronger Crimson Bull on this entrance, particularly in particular circumstances, akin to at Suzuka. In abstract, we all know what we’re lacking, and on some fronts I’m already seeing steps ahead.”