Charles Leclerc has qualified in fourth position for the F1 Sprint Qualifying Race tomorrow, finishing ahead of Sergio Perez from Red Bull, and the fast-charging McLarens.
It was a good qualifying for Scuderia Ferrari with both its cars making it through to the final phase, on a track that is very demanding for car and driver.
As has usually been the case this season, the midfield was closely contested down to the nearest thousandth of a second. There is less than two-tenths of a second separating Leclerc and his teammate Carlos Sainz, but four other cars split the two SF21s on the timesheet.
Leclerc was the quickest of those behind the two teams leading the championship. Sainz is not that much further back and in tomorrow’s Sprint Qualifying, run over 17 laps – equivalent to around 100 kilometres – he can aim at moving up the order on the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc Happy With Qualifying
Charles Leclerc was happy to take fourth place in qualifying, and will look to consolidate that result in the F1 Sprint Qualifying Race tomorrow.
‘I’m very happy with today’s result. Going into qualifying with so little preparation makes things a bit more tricky, but also exciting. We did a good job in maximizing the potential of our car. Overall, I felt confident, especially in Q1. In Q2, I was not at the level that I wanted to be, but I regained my confidence and pace for the final session, finishing in P4. I think it was the best result we could have hoped for. In terms of expectations for tomorrow, we have to wait and see. We are all heading into an unknown – to battle it out in the first Sprint Qualifying in Formula 1. We will use FP2 to prepare as well as we can, and give it our all to bring home the best possible result,’ said Leclerc.
Disappointment For Carlos Sainz
Despite being so close to his teammate in terms of lap time, Carlos Sainz will start the F1 Sprint Qualifying Race from a disappointing ninth place after several drivers squeezed their cars between the two Ferrari’s.
‘I’m not fully satisfied with this quali. I had a good feeling with the car from the start of the session, building confidence every lap up to Q2, where I put together a strong lap time to make it into Q3. In the very last attempt however, I struggled a bit more and a couple of small mistakes here and there meant I couldn’t match that lap from Q2, losing a tenth or so that unfortunately today was very costly, as it was extremely tight. It is a pity, because the car had the pace and the lap time was there. The Sprint Qualifying gives us a good opportunity to push tomorrow, though. Time to focus on that. The weekend is far from over yet and I will give it my all until the end,’ added Sainz.
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