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Fifth on the Grid is More than Ferrari Expected, Says Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Tuscan Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc certified on fifth for Ferrari’s 1,000th Formula One world championship race.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 6:25 AM IST


Charles Leclerc certified fifth for Ferrari’s 1,000th Formula One world championship race on Saturday and mentioned it was greater than he might have anticipated.

The sport’s most profitable workforce, who’ve made historical past with the likes of Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher and been a part of the panorama since 1950, are dealing with their worst season for 40 years.

Sixth general going into the race at scenic Mugello, a circuit they personal, and on the again of a double retirement on the Italian motorsport temple Monza, Ferrari had no nice hopes for this weekend.

The undeniable fact that 22-year-old Leclerc ended up as better of the remainder in qualifying behind the two Mercedes and Red Bull drivers was one thing of a shock.

Four-times world champion workforce mate Sebastian Vettel, leaving for Aston Martin on the finish of the 12 months, might handle solely 14th and was greater than half a second slower than the Monegasque.

“It was definitely amazing. P5 is definitely the best we could have done today and I did not expect it. So very, very happy,” mentioned Leclerc.

“The balance definitely feels a lot better… in Monza I was really not confident in the car and I was probably not driving at my best because I did not have the confidence. This weekend I’ve had a lot of confidence in the car.”

Leclerc mentioned Ferrari, whose first F1 championship race was in Monaco within the inaugural 1950 season with a primary victory at Silverstone in 1951, have been nonetheless down on efficiency to these forward.

He anticipated a tricky time in Sunday’s race with the likes of Renault and McLaren behind however vowed to do his greatest to defend place.

The fifth place slot was Ferrari’s highest grid place because the fourth spherical of the season at Silverstone when he began fourth.

The Italian workforce had didn’t get both automobile into the ultimate section of qualifying at Spa and Monza.

Ferrari’s vehicles are racing at Mugello with a retro burgundy livery paying homage to the workforce’s beginnings. As a nod to that historical past, Formula One’s Mercedes security automobile can also be purple for the weekend.

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