The championship leader bounced over the kerb at Variante Alta in the closing stages as he chased down Sergio Perez, spinning off the track and making light contact with the barrier.
“At that time maybe of the race, the pace with Sergio Perez was very, very similar, or slightly better,” team boss Mattia Binotto explained.
“But because we believe that there was no opportunity for us to attack and overtake Perez with those tyres anymore, we did the pit stops to try, to hope at least, that they would have stopped as well.”
That proved to be the case, Perez maintaining second but with the gap having reduced.
It was then that Leclerc spun, dropping himself down the order as he recovered to the pits for a new front wing.
“I saw the opportunity that before I didn't think it was there,” Leclerc conceded.
“It was very clear to me that I think today was third place, and that was what was possible, but I saw the opportunity and I still tried it.
“Went a bit quicker in Turn 14/15 [Variante Alta], took too much kerb and spun.
“All points count and today I've put away seven points now against the 15 that we had if we were finishing third.”
Binotto meanwhile is not upset with his driver, reasoning that they are likely to make mistakes from time to time.
“There will be never regret to ask a driver to push,” he said.
“That is part of our job, it's part of their job, to try and drive to the limit. Obviously mistakes may happen.”
Despite the error, Leclerc has moved his drivers' championship tally along to 86 points from the opening four races.
The Miami Grand Prix is Round 5 of the 2022 season on May 6-8.