Charles Leclerc is not very happy with his weekend in Portimao after tire issues, and hopes that the race in Spain will be much better.
The Ferrari driver struggled a lot with the tires in Portugal, as they didn’t give the desired pace. After only finishing P8 in qualifying, it was still enough for P6 at the finish line. Nevertheless, he was unhappy because he struggled a lot with the medium tires in the race. His teammate Carlos Sainz was less fortunate, however. The Spaniard started in P5 and finished the race in P11.
Leclerc also said that Ferrari are still looking for the causes of the problems with the C2 tires.
“Unfortunately, there’s something that we cannot quite explain yet, which is on the medium tires,” said Leclerc. “We struggle quite a bit with both of the cars. With the soft for Carlos and the hards for me, we were strong and where we expected to be, but with the medium, there was just something that didn’t work for us there. But we are just trying to understand and to improve from there.
“I don’t think there’s anything worrying for us,” he added. “On the medium tire surely, we struggled. We maybe could have done something better as drivers, we’ve got some other ideas of what it could be, and we are looking into it at the moment. It always takes a long time to analyse well the data and that’s what we’re going through now.”
But there were not only problems with the car. Leclerc also had many uncertainties behind the wheel at Portimao and he admitted that he was often very impatient.
“I probably should have taken a different approach which is go step-by-step in the weekend, to have taken strong references and go ahead like this in the weekend, which I didn’t do. I tried to push the car to the max straight from FP1 and struggled with the car.
“I never really had any good confidence and references to build on for the rest of the weekend, and in those conditions, I paid the price of being so inconsistent during the free practices.
However, the Monegasque is also confident about the race in Barcelona and describes the track as a very good one. They also want to make up points on McLaren in the constructors’ championship.
“I think if we keep our pace on soft and hard tires as we did in Portimao than we look to be good here. It’s a very good track to see which cars are the most complete here because there is a bit of everything, high-speed, medium-speed, low-speed. So, it’s going to be interesting for us and we’ll try to maximize the result.”