Ferrari have 'a lot of work to do' in Spain after race-run struggles
Charles Leclerc said that the F1-75 struggled during FP2 in Spain when on the long run, so Ferrari must come up with solution.
On the face of it, Ferrari appeared to be flying high on the opening day of track action at the Spanish Grand Prix, Leclerc topping both FP1 and FP2.
The flying laps were not where Leclerc’s concerns lay though. He was disappointed with tyre performance on the race simulation.
Rivals Red Bull have enjoyed a clear advantage over Ferrari when it comes to preserving the tyres at the last two rounds, this proving crucial last time out at the Miami Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen passed the struggling Leclerc early to take the lead, going on to win the race.
“There is a lot of work to do,” Leclerc told Sky Italia.
“We proved to be very fast on the qualifying lap, but on the race pace for us it was very difficult. I’m not worried but we need to find the solution and definitely do better.
“The tyres performed well on a single qualifying lap, then something went wrong in the second free practice. We have to find the solution tonight.”
Ferrari were one of many teams to bring an upgrade package to the Spanish Grand Prix, Leclerc explaining that while Ferrari want to make the F1-75 faster in a straight line with these modifications, they also worked to address their cornering performance, as Red Bull were surprisingly stronger in the very slow sections in Miami.
“Through the innovations we want to improve the top speed, but not only [that],” Leclerc explained.
“We also want to make progress in the low speed corners because in Miami we noticed that Red Bull was more effective than us even in that.”
Ferrari had the beating of Red Bull in Spain on Friday, the gap back to Verstappen standing at 0.336s at the end of both FP1 and FP2.
Nonetheless, even with Mercedes splitting Ferrari and Red Bull, Leclerc expects it once again be a tight Ferrari-Red Bull battle in Spain.
“They [Red Bull] also brought something, I think it will always be as it has been since the start of the season, which is a very close fight with Red Bull,” he said.
“Obviously I hope to be slightly ahead this time unlike the last two races.”
Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz, who has ambitions of winning in front of his home crowd this weekend, also spoke of a drop in performance come FP2.
But on a positive note, he says that the upgrades were working as hoped.
“The upgrades worked, I’m happy for that, we also found more performance, but at the same time in FP2 we were slower and so we have to find back the feeling we had this morning,” he said.
“Here, compared to the tests, they are all faster and this makes everything more interesting.”
Additional reporting by Luca Brambilla
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