Leclerc is looking for the reason for the slow pace in qualifying

Charles Leclerc, photo Ferrari

Charles Leclerc looks for the reason for his poor performance in qualification in Mexico. The Ferrari driver posted a time of just seventh, one of his worst results since the start of the 2022 F1 season. The Monegasque lost positions to both Carlos Sainz and Valtteri Bottas with Alfa Romeo.

Leclerc suggested that an engine problem in his car led to the slow pace in the qualifying session. The 25-year-old posted his second-lowest qualifying result after Canada. Then he started from the bottom of the column due to changing various components in the engine.

All in all, the weekend in Mexico City is a tough one for Leclerc. The Ferrari driver was overtaken by Sainz in FP1 and then had no answer to the speed of Red Bull and Mercedes. After the end of Q3, he stated that he wanted the Scuderia to have a good look at the engine in his car.

“We have to look at it. From the start of qualifying I lost a lot of time on the straights. Also, the third training session was not good,” shared Leclerc.

“For some reason we had major engine problems. Personally, I had very poor handling in all the high speed corners. The car did not respond to what I did with the gas. In addition, we were too slow on the straights. We have to look at this problem as well.”

Leclerc is not optimistic about what he can achieve in the competition.

“Really I do not know. For now, I need to talk to the team to see what we can do for the launch. Obviously, we can’t change many things. In that case, I’m not sure what we can do,” the Ferrari driver added.

Meanwhile, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said Leclerc had problems with the DRS system at the end of qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix.

“Charles had a problem with the DRS system at the end of the session. On his last quick lap, the system failed. We haven’t seen the telemetry data yet,” Binoto said.

“Mexico is a difficult track to ride. We knew it would be a qualifier that would be decided in detail. We had the potential to compete, but it’s quite difficult for the drivers here. Also, we were unlucky in Q3. I hope we will have a good race. It will be less complicated, but I expect it to be close,” added the Ferrari boss.

Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz set the fifth time in Q3. The Spaniard also had no answer to the pace of Red Bull and Mercedes.

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