Leclerc on his not-so-secret note taking

Date published: February 20 2020

Charles Leclerc on his not-so-secret note taking

Charles Leclerc says his note taking during testing in Spain is nothing new, he’s only gone “old” school by using a notepad.

The Monégasque driver shared a few more details that Ferrari probably wanted him to when he unwittingly displayed his notes to the ever-present cameras.

Social media was quick to point out that the new SF1000 was suffering with understeer in the long, low-speed corners. At least according to Leclerc’s notes.

Leclerc has revealed that his note taking is not new, he’s only opted to use pen and paper rather than technology.

“Now I’m going back to the old stuff,” he told Motorsport.com.

“I’ve had a few times in the past where I load up all my notes, I arrive in the briefing at the end of the day after doing 150 laps, and then it’s a bit confusing.

“So I’m back with the notebook and the pen, which is very nice. It’s something I’m used to doing.

“We do so many laps that it can be confusing at the end of the day and writing everything helps me to remember, to be more precise at the briefing in the evening.”

The Ferrari driver, entering his third season in Formula 1, had a slow start to pre-season testing on Wednesday.

Although he covered 131 laps in the SF1000, his fastest lap time left him down in 11th place on the timesheet.

Leclerc, though, feels this year’s Ferrari is a step in the right direction especially as it has more flexibility to suit both his and Sebastian Vettel’s driving styles.

“Last year every race they were noting all my comments, so they obviously know me a lot better as a driver,” Leclerc told Autosport.

“They know what I need, which balance I need to perform at my best on-track, and they tried to at least have the flexibility in the car set-up to fit my driving style, which will be the biggest difference for this year I guess.

“This should be a step forward.

“For sure we’ve got more flexibility in the car set-up this year so this is always a good thing for both drivers.

“We can adapt the car more in details to our driving, then – again, we didn’t push the car yet, but we know we’ve got more flexibility, this is a fact.

“This can only be positive.”

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