Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc admitted he was pushing too hard from third place before making a mistake towards the end of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
While Max Verstappen won Imola GP on Sunday to increase his chances of the title, championship leader Leclerc made an unnecessary mistake from third in trying to overtake Sergio Perez, having to settle for sixth instead.
Speaking after the race, Leclerc admitted he did not pay enough attention to the bigger picture and agreed that it could cost him later in the season.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Leclerc said: “I tried too hard. On that lap I obviously wanted to give it my all, but I gave it too much and ended up on the wall.
“Instead of the third place we lose seven potential points which will be important at the end of the season and today it is my full responsibility. I will look what I have done wrong. The car jumped in a strange way but this is no excuse because I tried to put too much speed and lost the car. Disappointing.”
While Leclerc still has a 27-point lead at the top of the standings, world champion Verstappen has made up significant ground this weekend to work his way up to second place, helped by victory in Saturday’s sprint race.
British pair Lando Norris and George Russell benefited from Leclerc’s poor judgment, with the McLaren driver third and Mercedes representative Russell fourth.