Charles Leclerc is “wanting ahead” to displaying the tempo of his Ferrari SF21 in qualifying for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Saturday, however isn’t positive if Ferrari’s apply place is actual.
The crew was third quickest throughout Friday’s two apply classes. Leclerc even set a faster time than the pace-setting Mercedes at one stage, however his 1’15.367 lap was swiftly deleted as he strayed past the observe limits at Piratella.
As an alternative of ending the day 0.184 seconds up on Mercedes, he ended second apply 0.820s off the tempo and within the obstacles. He crashed at Rivazza 2 following a late swap to medium compound tyres.
“Really there are a number of positives as we speak,” Leclerc mentioned. “It’s not been a straightforward day on my facet, however the efficiency has been nice for me as we speak.
“Sadly we didn’t do the primary a part of FP1 for a small downside, however then the automotive felt good, the sensation was good.”
Ferrari crew principal Mattia Binotto revealed the issue originated within the energy unit, and was labored on in order that Leclerc might go on observe after the crimson flag stoppage in first apply, after which run trouble-free within the subsequent session.
“FP2 [was] very aggressive,” added Leclerc. “We received our lap time deleted for very small margins in flip 9. However most vital is to not do the identical in quali.
“However the efficiency was there too. Additionally the race tempo was good. Then I did a mistake within the final nook and went into the wall. Higher do it now than within the race.”
Leclerc put Ferrari’s Mercedes-rivalling tempo all the way down to the observe moderately than modifications the crew have made since Bahrain.
“It’s all observe and temperature-specific as a result of we haven’t modified the automotive in any respect. However the automotive feels lots higher in these circumstances.
“The automotive feels nice this weekend, even when we examine to final yr. I just like the stability of [it].
“If you happen to examine to final yr, it felt a lot better this weekend. The grip is sweet, the stability is sweet and I’ve fairly a little bit of confidence within the automotive. So I’m wanting ahead to tomorrow.”
Regardless of his optimism, Leclerc mentioned “for now it’s troublesome to consider we’re so near the highest groups”. He added he’s “fairly positive they’ve a bit extra to return” in qualifying.
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