Free practice spin ‘no big deal’ says Leclerc

Date published: March 15 2019

Charles Leclerc claims his spin in FP2 was "no big deal".

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc claims it is “no big deal” after he spun the car as free practice two neared its conclusion.

Leclerc had a lucky escape late on after taking too much kerb at Turn 4, with the 21-year-old avoiding the barriers before eventually getting the car going again.

However, the youngster who is taking part in his first race weekend with Ferrari, isn’t concerned by the incident.

“I tried to use the throttle on the kerb and made a mistake,” he told of the official F1 website.

“There is no damage so it’s no big deal.”

After near enough matching the Mercedes of Hamilton in FP1, the gap between Ferrari and the Silver Arrows grew from under a tenth to over eight tenths come the end of FP2.

Despite this, Leclerc is positive that the team can figure out what went wrong.

“FP1 has been positive, so I’m very happy about this,” he explained.

“The second session a bit less happy, there were more difficulties, the wind picked up and we seemed to struggle a bit more.

“There is no panic, we will try to figure out what is wrong and we already have some ideas, hopefully we can fix it for tomorrow.”

Ferrari had been accused of sandbagging, and while Leclerc admitted that the team were not running flat out come the end of FP2, he said it won’t be until qualifying when they learn their true pace.

“At the end we were not flat out, we will only see where we are in qualifying, but it was a more difficult session,” he added.

“If you are asking me if we are panicking? Then no not yet.”

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