Pole position would not have been possible for Leclerc at Interlagos because he was carrying a 10-place grid penalty for a change of internal combustion engine necessitated by his Austin practice oil leak.
He ended up fourth fastest in Q3, so will start 14th.
But he was convinced he could have topped the session so he could "only be angry" with himself for the result.
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