Charles Leclerc was left what might have been after missing out on what had proven to be his first Formula 1 Grand Prix race victory on Sunday in Bahrain.
Despite losing the lead at the start of the race, the 21-year-old from Monaco regrouped and fought his way back to the front in just four rounds.
Then he got out of touch with his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel and the two Mercedes cars by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
But with over ten seconds in hand on lap 47, Leclerc told the pit wall that was "something was seriously wrong with the engine".
It left him gluing the rest of the way to the line during which he was passed by both Hamilton and Bottas before the checkered flag.
"It's happening. It's part of motor sport," Leclerc said after the race and admittedly, of course, that he was "extremely disappointed" to miss the victory.
"I didn't make a very good start, but then we were very strong all race long.
" Unfortunately, it wasn't our day, "he continued." Very difficult to take, but thanks to the team for the amazing car all weekend long.
"I'm absolutely sure we will come back stronger," he insisted. "I am convinced that the team has done a great job of recovering from the lack of pace in Australia."
Although he missed victory, joined Leclerc with his first ever Formula 1
"We have been very successful in an unfortunate situation," Leclerc acknowledged. "We had the safety car at the end, otherwise we would have completed even more back car rd
"I also don't think we would have been okay with the fuel," he revealed.
"It is a shame to just finish third. It's part of racing, but we come back stronger, "he added. Today, third was not our place, but I am still happy. "
" As I have said much earlier, I am I never look at the result, I look at the potential to do better. "
One of the first people to consolidate Leclerc after the race was finished was the man who had inherited the race.
" I'm sure it was a devastating result for him, "Hamilton said." He did a good job he had done the job of winning the race. He deserved to win. "
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