Charles Leclerc feels optimistic after a successful qualifying session at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

After a disappointing end to Friday due to the nasty crash in FP2, Leclerc managed to make a recovery. The Monegasque qualified 4th, which is crucial in the battle against McLaren.

After the qualifying, Leclerc reflected on it: “I don’t think we could have expected anything more than that.”

“The lap was really, really good was really, really on the limit. Turn 22 I kind of closed the eyes on my fast lap, and it worked out!”

“It was a very, very good lap, and I’m very happy to be starting P4 tomorrow.”

Leclerc then clarified his “closed eyes” comments: “Eyes closed is just an expression, I’m pretty sure I had my eyes open! But yeah, I lost the rear, and I honestly thought that the end will have been the same as yesterday.”

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