Charles Leclerc third in the Russian Grand Prix behind Hamilton and Bottas. Despite starting in pole position, Monaco’s Scuderia Ferrari driver failed to break the Mercedes hegemony this Sunday on the Sochi circuit.

How to let the competition escape a race that reaches you?

Guilty of yet another shameless strategy, the Ferrari team has managed the feat of shooting itself in the foot.

Too bad for Charles Leclerc!

Winner in Belgium and Italy just after the summer break, and second in Singapore behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel a week ago, the young ambassador of the Principality has again paid for the mistakes of the staff.

Exceeded from the outset by Vettel -partly 3rd- at the time of the firing, the poleman stopped twice at the pits.

One more time than Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes drivers also taking advantage of Vettel’s half-time abandonment.

The Russian GP remains the preserve of the Silver Arrows, victorious six editions organized on the site of the Olympic Winter Games 2014.

The only reason for satisfaction for Leclerc: he appropriates the 3rd place of the world championship drivers at the expense of Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 4th this Sunday.

“As expected, Sebastian took advantage of my initial aspiration,” he commented, looking dark. “In principle, I had to take the advantage, but it was not the case, we will talk about it with the team.” No comment.