Charles Leclerc’s comfort in his Ferrari deteriorated, and that showed as his Friday in Belgium ended with a crash.
Leclerc was the first driver to bring out the red flags in FP2, losing the rear of his SF21 at the exit of Turn 6, apparently a little too trigger-happy on the throttle.
The end result was a heavy whack of the wall, leaving Leclerc out of the session as the red flags appeared to allow for the recovery of his stricken Ferrari.
FP1 saw Leclerc P4 in the standings, a session where he had felt comfortable, but FP2 turned out to be the complete opposite.
“In Free Practice 1 I felt comfortable. In Free Practice 2, however, no,” he is quoted by Motorsport.com.
“So we have to understand, because we haven’t changed much in the car. So we have to understand what happened and we hope to do enough work to improve for tomorrow.
“I’m confident, I think we’ll be able to do it, and understand what went wrong in Free Practice 2 and then do better tomorrow.
“The conditions today were difficult and I think they will be the same for the rest of the weekend.
“We just have to try to adapt ourselves to the situation the best we can, to try to have a good set-up both in the dry and in the wet.
“Once we have managed to do it, we will be ready to have a good weekend.”
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— Charles Leclerc Fan Page (@LeclercNews) August 27, 2021
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As for the crash itself, Leclerc is not too concerned, stating that practice is the place to make such errors.
“Obviously I would have preferred not to finish the day against the wall today, but it’s part of free practice, I’ll try not to make the same mistake again over the weekend,” he said.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto felt Leclerc’s mistake was only a “small” one, and the team will now inspect the size of the repair job ahead of them.
“I think it was a small mistake, it looks like a small mistake,” he told Sky F1.
“Let’s see, there’s a few damages on the car, but it’s only Friday and we’ve got the entire night to repair.”