Sport Leclerc: Eighth in F1 Anniversary GP qualifying "realistic picture" for Ferrari

20:10  08 august  2020
20:10  08 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

Nick Heidfeld: Ferrari expects too much from Charles Leclerc

 Nick Heidfeld: Ferrari expects too much from Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc ’s P8 qualifying finish has brought the Ferrari driver back to reality after a podium Asked whether he was surprised to be down in eighth on Saturday after last week’s trip to the podium, Leclerc replied: “Surprised? “ I think it’s a bit more [of a] realistic picture for us to be honest – we

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Charles Leclerc says his eighth place in qualifying for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix is a more realistic indication of how fast Ferrari is right now.

Just one week after Leclerc qualified fourth and finished third for Ferrari at the British GP, the Italian outfit has had a more challenging time this weekend as it has struggled with the softer compound tyres.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 after the session, Leclerc said he was not particularly shocked that he had been unable to repeat last weekend's result.

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 Sebastian Vettel: © Motorsport Images Sebastian Vettel has to be content with tenth starting position "It can't get much worse", says Sebastian Vettel after qualifying in Silverstone ( Formula 1 2020 live in ticker ). Ferrari was able to get into the top 10 with both vehicles, but there was only enough for Vettel for the last place and thus tenth place. "It was definitely not a good qualifying session for us," he has to admit. "We didn't have the speed." "I have had a hard time finding the rhythm all weekend - s

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"Surprise? No," Leclerc said. "I think it's a bit more realistic picture for us to be honest. We have been struggling more than last week here, especially with the softer tyres.

"We seem to be more aggressive on them and we don't even manage to finish the full lap in Q3 with the soft tyres. They are dropping off quite a lot in the last sector. I lost quite a lot of lap time there, so not much we can do for now. It's like this."

Leclerc suggested that Ferrari's low downforce set up for this weekend has not helped with looking after the tyres, but reckons that adding more downforce would have made its cars too slow on the straights.

Due to the tyre struggles, Leclerc said he was bracing himself for an especially tough race.

"Tomorrow will be a very difficult race," he said. "It's hard to finish the qualifying lap, and it will be very difficult to keep up with the others in the race. But we remain optimistic. I will try my best and see where we end up.

Leclerc 'didn't expect' Q2 tyre gamble to pay off

  Leclerc 'didn't expect' Q2 tyre gamble to pay off Charles Leclerc says he “didn’t expect” Ferrari’s gamble to send him out on medium tyres in Q2 to work out, after earning Ferrari’s best grid position of 2020. Ferrari conceded it was likely to be in for a difficult weekend at Silverstone due to the circuit’s power-hungry nature, with its struggles in both races at Austria’s Red Bull Ring fresh in its memory. Nevertheless, the Italian outfit managed to see both of its drivers through to the final part of qualifying for only the second time this season, with Leclerc managing to set his best time on the more durable medium compound tyre.

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"I think there will be drivers who will take risks and try to make only one pitstop tomorrow, while others will make two. I can't say which strategy we will choose, but we have analysed the data and we are sure about which strategy to adopt."

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Team-mate Sebastian Vettel had no better luck this weekend after a torrid time in the British GP. He qualified 12th, but will move up a position after Esteban Ocon was handed a three-place grid drop for impeding George Russell in Q1.

Speaking about his hopes for the race, Vettel said he had not given up on a decent fight, but was aware that he was not doing much better than last time out.

"I'm always optimistic," he told Sky Sports F1. "I try to reset myself as much as I can. So I hope for a better day tomorrow, but I think since last week we're pretty much where we are now.

"We were not able to make a step forward and tried lots of things, and tried lots of things in the car. I think looking at the positives, I was happy with my laps and it felt like everything that there was. I had worse laps in my life and finished a lot higher up. So I'm happy with that."

Leclerc stopped from rejoining F1 Spanish GP by Ferrari engine issue .
Charles Leclerc was prevented from rejoining the Spanish Grand Prix after pitting to have his seatbelts tightened as Ferrari had to investigate an issue with his Formula 1 power unit .Leclerc was running 11th at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before hitting the kerb at the exit of the final chicane, causing him to spin.The hit caused an electrical issue on Leclerc's Ferrari power unit that saw him lose power, leaving him stranded at the final corner.Leclerc undid his seatbelts and was preparing to get out of the car when the engine turned back on, allowing him to rejoin the race, albeit in last place.

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