Charles Leclerc has blamed himself for his poor showing in qualifying for the 2021 Mexican GP.
The Ferrari driver will start the race in P8, two places behind team-mate Carlos Sainz.
Leclerc struggled to match Sainz’s pace throughout the weekend, and he was unhappy with the balance of his car.
Speaking after qualifying, he blamed himself for the poor qualifying and admitted he made a number of mistakes in Q3.
“For sure in the last sector having a car ahead didn’t help me, but I have to say it’s just my fault, I can only get mad at myself, I was not good enough,” Leclerc said.
“In the first sector I was doing the lap I wanted, everything was going well, I was one-tenth and a half faster than the lap I did before, so we were there. Then I made some mistakes that I should not have done in Q3.
“I’m sorry for the team because we did a great job from FP1. I was not at ease with the car at all, I made many mistakes in FP1, FP2 and FP3. In qualifying, I finally found the feeling, I was very competitive until this mistake.
“So I’m sorry. I’ll try to learn from this,” he added.
With just five races of the 2021 season remaining, Ferrari will need to maximise their points haul in today’s Mexican GP if they are to beat McLaren in their season-long battle for third in the Constructors’ Standings.