Charles Leclerc thinks that his gap to Norris in qualifying was worrying. He attributed this gap to a fault with DRS.
The battle for third in the Constructors’ Championship is heating up with Ferrari and McLaren battling it out. Norris put in a stellar lap to qualify P4 ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix. He will start P3 thanks to Bottas’ penalty due to dangerous driving in FP2. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo, on his side, only qualified in a disappointing P13.
Leclerc on the other hand qualified P7 while teammate Carlos Sainz will start the race in P12. The Monegasque was asked why he and Ferrari were so far off. The 23-year-old replied: “I’m happy about my lap, actually very happy with my lap. I put everything together. I did a good lap. I didn’t do any mistakes, but all of my best corners in one lap.”
“But then on the other hand, when I’m looking at the gap in between myself and Lando, it quite… I wouldn’t go as far as ‘scary’, but it’s quite a bit.”
“We are losing quite a bit in the first sector, which is mainly the three DRS zones, for some reason. We don’t completely understand why yet because it’s mostly where we are opening the DRS and the others seem to be a lot stronger with the DRS on.
“So it’s not in all the straights, it’s mostly in those three [DRS] straights.”