Leclerc ‘quickly felt comfortable’ in SF90

Date published: February 19 2019

Charles Leclerc: Good first day

Charles Leclerc eased into life as a Ferrari driver after he topped the timesheet and clocked up the miles in Barcelona testing.

Sebastian Vettel set a strong opening benchmark on Monday with a fastest time of 1:18.161 and 169 laps on the board.

And Leclerc was in touching distance of reaching those lofty heights, setting a 1:18.247 and adding 157 valuable laps to his name.

Day two of the first pre-season test represented Leclerc’s first official outing as a fully-fledged Ferrari driver and he was positively beaming with how the day unfolded.

“I am very happy with the way today went,” Leclerc told the official Ferrari website.

“Despite some red flag interruptions, we were able to get through all our programme and to do 157 laps, which has produced a lot of useful data.

“In terms of feeling, I quickly felt comfortable with the SF90 and I have to say I really enjoyed myself.”

“There’s always going to be some [emotion] when you get into a Ferrari, but today I put that to one side because I had a job to do for the team.

“Let’s hope we keep going like this over the next few days, because it’s important to make the most of the few on-track testing opportunities we have.”

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