Charles Leclerc revealed that problems with his Ferrari power unit made for a disrupted Friday at Silverstone.
The opening session of the British Grand Prix race weekend featured limited running as heavy rain showers soaked parts of the track, meaning that there was plenty of FP2 action as the drivers looked to make up for lost time.
Leclerc was not quite in his usual lofty heights in the standings though, managing only P5 in the session, 0.462s slower that his team-mate Carlos Sainz who set the pace.
Speaking to reporters after FP2, Leclerc said: “Tricky day, I mean the first session we didn’t get much data from it just because of the weather and very few laps.
“And in FP2 we had quite a bit of problems on my side, so hopefully tomorrow we can have a bit of a cleaner day and have things going our way.”
When pushed to reveal what those problems were, Leclerc explained that they were related to the power unit, which on several occasions already this season has cost him golden opportunities at victory.
He is confident though that they can be resolved through setup changes.
“I don’t know if there was a radio messages on the coverage but overall, just some power unit [problems],” he revealed.
“Things that were making it very difficult to drive but it’s fine I mean, it’s small, it’s setups more than problems, so we will modify for tomorrow.”
Leclerc was unable to make a step forward when switching from the medium to soft tyres, that in contrast to Sainz.
So, asked if those power unit issues accounted for that, Leclerc said: “Yeah with the soft it was very very tricky again for some reason. It didn’t feel as good as on the medium.
“And again, we’ve had those small issues that weren’t easy also to manage. But overall, I think the performance is in the car. So this is positive and hopefully again tomorrow we can put everything together and have a good day.”
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Sainz was not surprised to be at the front of the standings on Friday, saying he expects the Ferrari F1-75 to be competitive at every track as he now eyes another close scrap with Red Bull to build on his tussle with Max Verstappen in Canada.
“I think we’re expecting to be competitive in every circuit this year because the car is certainly a very competitive car,” he said. “As is the Red Bull, so yeah, I think we all knew coming into this weekend that it was going to be a tight battle and again, it looks like it’s the same here.”
Sainz did take to the radio during Friday practice to point out how bumpy the ride was in his Ferrari, the Spaniard later explaining that out of all the tracks visited so far in these new generation of cars, Silverstone is proving to be the biggest challenge yet.
“It’s not easy, it’s probably one of the most challenging circuits we have been to with these cars,” he claimed.
“The way that the cars behave in high speed corners is certainly a very big challenge with the weight, with the ride and everything, but we’re trying out there to get used to it to tune up the car balance and the setup to make it a bit easier to have a bit of an easier life.”
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