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Charles Leclerc Explains Perez’s “Small Mistake” That Led to Last Lap Overtake

Leclerc saw his only opportunity for an overtake on the 50th lap of the Las Vegas Grand Prix....

Charles Leclerc’s last lap overtake was truly a sight to behold had Sergio Perez not suffered similarly recently in Austin. Though in that scenario it was Perez chasing down Fernando Alonso rather than himself being chased by Leclerc.

Leclerc saw his only opportunity for an overtake on the 50th lap of the Las Vegas Grand Prix when he lunged past Perez on at the end of the 1.2 mile straight along the Strip to take home P2, his best result in 12 races.

How did he do this? The Monegasque explained how he prepared and the mental note he took several laps beforehand that exposed a weakness in Perez’s armour.

“Once I went for it, I was pretty confident it would work out,” Leclerc told the media.

“It was basically the only opportunity I had, and it was the only place where you could really go for an overtake.

“I also had in mind that Checo had made a small mistake four or five laps before, so I knew he was being a little bit cautious on braking.

“On the second to last lap, I started to recharge the batteries in order to get ready for that last lap, and it worked out.

“It was obviously very, very tight but I was really happy and really enjoyed the fight.”

Ferrari might have finished on a high note, but the weekend had started sour with Leclerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz, suffering extensive damage from a loose water valve cover. The results of which saw him suffer a ten-place grid penalty.

“I am especially happy to see that we finished this weekend on a high note, because it was hurting me to see the sport I love so much start on the wrong foot,” Leclerc said.

“But the fact that we had an amazing race, I think makes up for it and I am happy with that. There is not much to change [about the race] apart from the timing.”

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