The usual Charles Leclerc of Saturday. Indeed, sorry, on Fridays. In short, that of qualifications. Qualifying that the new format has foreseen on Friday for the British Grand Prix: when it comes to pushing hard without thinking about management, the Monegasque is one of the strongest on the grid. And he also proved it to Silverstone, obtaining the fourth place at the start of the first Sprint Qualifying in history. The Ferrari driver surrendered only to Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, taking exactly five tenths from the Finnish. But he got behind Sergio Perez (thanks to a canceled lap for the track limits). And he couldn’t do more than that, on a circuit that in theory puts Ferrari at a disadvantage.
2021 British GP Sprint Qualification: the starting grid
These are Leclerc’s words after the Silverstone qualifying: “I liked it today. In general I like to have little preparation. There was less time to look at the data, you had to be straight away. I like the way I approach. Now eyes on Saturday’s race and we hope to do well. I am very happy with today’s result. Getting to qualification with so little time to prepare makes things a little complicated, but also more fun. We have done a good job of maximizing the potential of the car. I felt comfortable, especially in Q1. In Q2 I was not at the same level, but in the decisive phase I regained confidence and rhythm, finishing in fourth position, which I believe was the best result we could aspire to. As for the expectations for tomorrow, let’s see how things turn out. We are entering unknown territory. We will use the PL2 to better prepare ourselves and get the best possible result“, He told journalists and official Ferrari channels.
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Best possible result, provided that the small alarm bell at the end of qualifying does not spoil everything. Immediately after setting the fourth fastest time, Leclerc warned the team of a suspicious noise on his car: “Guys, there was a strange noise with the engine returning to the pits. Maybe we can check it out, I wanted to let you know. It might be nothing. Still great job“.