Charles Leclerc stated that there had been a misunderstanding, a Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekis said the team made a last-minute decision to put new soft tires on the Monegasque car in Q3. The conversation between the pilot and his flight engineer during the samata Spa qualification however, it left the feeling that the team got it wrong again. Whatever Mekis claimed, to Leclerc’s question, “What are those tires?”, the answer was, “Sorry, mistake.”
Leclerc has 7 pole positions in 14 qualifiers so far in the 2022 season. He has 2 wins from pole position. In the remaining 5 cases, twice there was a technical problem with its propulsion system, and in the other three, the team got the strategy wrong. The last case was in Hungary, where they put hard tires on it. Mattia Binoto subsequently claimed that the car did not run well for the first time since the start of the season with all types of tyres. However, the pace from the beginning of the race did not point to such a thing.
“One can only laugh now,” philosophically concluded ex-F1 driver Timo Glock, now a TV pundit for Sky Germany. “I really can’t think of any other reaction.”
Leclerc himself diligently stated that nothing special had happened. He added that what happened did not have any impact on the performance in the qualification.
“Red Bull have found something this weekend and their speed is remarkable. I hope this changes at Zandvoort. But in a competition, we are generally a bit more competitive,” he added.
“The battle in the qualification was very tense. We had to work as a team – Charles and Carlos [Сайнц] pulled off each other to take out the last thousandths of a second that gave Carlos first position (due to Max Verstappen’s penalty – b.r.), commented Mekis.
“With Charles, the priority was to beat the other cars with penalties because of the units. At the last minute we decided to put new soft tires on his car so that he could take the maximum front position. He still has enough kit available for the race to fight on the grid,” added Ferrari’s sporting director.
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