Ferrari still has tire degradation problems – Leclerc

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Second placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talks during a Drivers Press Conference after the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by XPB – Pool/Getty Images)

Charles Leclerc said the tire problems that Ferrari is facing are still unsolved after the British Grand Prix, something which affects their performance.

Leclerc led the British Grand Prix most of the time but was overtaken by Lewis Hamilton who went on to take the victory of his home race. The Monegasque said his pace in the opening stint with the medium tires was “surprisingly good.”

“On the hard, it’s not like something felt especially weak,” said Leclerc. “It felt quite good but whenever I started to hit the traffic, I could feel we were on a bit more fragile tire and we seemed to suffer a bit more, by being [near] those guys, even though it was so quite far, I could feel the rear of the car was not as stable as I wanted it to be.

“This made us lose a little bit the pace that we had before. But overall, even when everything felt good, Lewis was just much quicker than us on those hard tires.”

Leclerc said that Ferrari is still investigating the issues at Paul Ricard despite their good result yesterday.

“There’s been a big investigation after France to try to understand exactly why we were struggling that much with those front tires,” he said. “I don’t think we get that answer yet. So yes, we were much better here but I don’t think it is because we found the complete answer of what happened in France.

“So, the investigation is still going on and we are still working hard on it. And even though we’ve had a good day today we don’t forget about the bad day in France and once we understand the full extent of why we were slow in France.

“Then I’m pretty sure we will do a big step as a team and it will help us to reproduce this type of performance as we did today.”

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