Charles Leclerc did not have the easiest Friday. Even before his crash in FP2, the day was very challenging for the 2019 winner.
FP1 wasn’t that bad for Leclerc, as he finished fourth. However, FP2 was less pleasing, as he dropped down to 18th and crashed out with 20 minutes to go, bringing out the red flag.
“It’s been a very tricky day overall, I think for everyone, because of the conditions, but yes, we have one night to work on the car, to come back stronger tomorrow. Obviously, I would have preferred to not end the day in the wall today but it’s part of free practice and I’ll try not to re-do this mistake, these mistakes, later on.
“[FP1] felt quite good. But [F]P2 didn’t feel great, so we need to understand because we didn’t change much on the car so there’s definitely plenty to understand and hopefully, we’ll do a good enough job.
“But yes, I am confident that we will be able to do a good enough job to understand what went wrong in FP2 to be better tomorrow.”
Leclerc also said that track conditions were very different. It was rather dry, but there were also rain breaks. Now the team wants to focus on a dry set-up and then adapt to the adverse conditions.
“I think it’s going to be like this for the rest of the weekend, so we just need to be adapting ourselves as quickly as possible to try and have a set-up that is going good as well on the dry than on the rain and once we achieve that, then after, we are ready for a good weekend.”
Mattia Binotto, team principal of Scuderia Ferrari, was unimpressed by the accident and says the team has enough time to fix it.
“I think it was a small mistake. I haven’t seen it yet but yes. It looks like a small mistake. I think, let’s see [the damage].
“Obviously, a few damages on the car but luckily it’s only Friday and we’ve got the entire night to repair.”