Leclerc pleased to overcome Hungary issues
1 August 2017 – Ferrari protégé Charles Leclerc hailed a "positive" weekend as he preserved his position in the Formula 2 standings, despite a challenging event at the Hungaroring.
Leclerc swept to his seventh straight pole position but was excluded from qualifying after his Prema-run machine was found to feature shims in the diffuser which did not comply with the material required.
Leclerc, though, surged through the pack on the alternative strategy to rise from 19th on the grid to fourth, and repeated the result in the Sprint Race, despite battling gearbox problems.
"It was very good weekend considering the conditions," said Leclerc.
"I'm very happy for the race, coming back to fourth place is an amazing result and we got good points after starting from the back.
"In race 2 we were P4 with 10 laps to the end and then a technical issue prevented us from going forward.
"We finished P4 with the technical issue which is great because the gearbox was very bad and I was losing a lot in the straight.
"It's a big shame but at the same time it's positive that we came back with very strong points despite the situations and the hard luck we had."
Leclerc holds a 50-point lead over DAMS rival Oliver Rowland with four rounds remaining.