Leclerc ‘not happy’ after cornering issues in Spain

Jamie Woodhouse
Charles Leclerc PA

Charles Leclerc "not happy" with misbehaving front end of SF1000.

Charles Leclerc was blunt in saying he was “not happy” with the misbehaving front end of his Ferrari during qualifying for the Spanish GP.

Although Ferrari’s overall pace has been well below what was expected of them through the season so far, Leclerc has been able to squeeze some surprise results out of the SF1000.

At the opening race in Austria he took advantage of a dramatic race to cross the line in P2, before scoring his second podium at the British Grand Prix with P3.

But the Monegasque driver was less than impressed with his machinery at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Leclerc would make it into the top-10 shootout for pole, but managed only P9 on the grid for Sunday’s race.

And he revealed that the front end of his car just was not behaving in the middle of corners, leaving him “not happy”.

“I was just not happy with the car today,” he told reporters after qualifying.

“This morning I was, the beginning of qualy was OK, but then it fell out, session after session in qualy.

“It just didn’t have enough front end to rotate the car. We’ve lost quite a bit of time because of this, so now we need to understand why did this happen?

“It’s something that we regularly have with this car, struggling with the front in mid-corner. Today, there were not really any solutions.”

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Speaking of having no solutions, Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel missed out on Q3 by 0.002s despite having a new chassis for the Spanish Grand Prix.

And the four-time World Champion said he couldn’t “put an answer” to the issues of the SF1000.

Interestingly, a lack of rear-end performance was bugging Vettel.

“The first sector was OK, but then in the middle sector the car started to feel more and more nervous,” he said.

“I struggled in particular in Turn 7, losing the rear halfway, so it was difficult to judge how much speed to carry in. Also Turn 5 was very tricky for me this afternoon.

“That’s the middle sector, and in the last sector, it got better towards the end, but still very tricky to find the right balance.

“There are some things I can’t really put an answer to.

“But I’m trying to do everything I can, and ignore all the things that might not be right, and do the best that I can. That’s all I can do at the moment.”

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