After the Styrian Grand Prix, Ross Brawn criticized Charles Leclerc’s overly aggressive style, and called on the Ferrari driver to control himself better. Obviously he was heard, or in any case the weekend went better for the Monegasque at Silverstone: 4th in qualifying, 2nd in the race, Charles Leclerc even came very close to the feat.
The manager of motorsports for Liberty Media logically takes his hat off to him today …
“I agree with the fans that only one person deserved the title of driver of the day, and that is Charles Leclerc. It was an exceptional performance on his part, in a Ferrari that is not quite up to the level to fight for the lead under normal conditions. “
“Once he took the lead, after Lewis and Max crashed, Charles handled the race wonderfully. His pace on the mids was very, very good and he didn’t get frustrated with the power unit cut-off issues. “
“This performance reminded us of how good he is, after a somewhat quiet period lately. He is an exceptional driver – and I look forward to the day when Ferrari develops a car that will allow him to compete against the leaders. “
Norris disappointed with 4th place: a good sign
The performance of Lando Norris was somewhat discreetly praised because it was, it is true, eclipsed by that of Charles Leclerc. The fact remains that the McLaren driver has, in front of his home crowd, again scored very large points (12 points), allowing McLaren to stay in the match against Ferrari.
A Lando Norris still very solid: it is no longer a surprise, far from it, for Ross Brawn. Let us also not forget that without a too long pit stop, nothing says that Valtteri Bottas could have easily passed Lando Norris …
“Lando was disappointed with his fourth place, which shows how much he and his McLaren team have improved lately, and his performance is a beautiful reflection of the progress he has made. “
“He was a bit out of the spotlight on Sunday, and he will have been frustrated with losing third place due to a slow pit stop, but when he takes a step back he will surely be thinking about another well executed race. “
“He is moving up to third in the drivers ‘championship, while these other important points keep his McLaren team one step ahead of Ferrari in the fight for the constructors’ championship. “