Leclerc confesses to having “attacked a little too much” in EL2

Despite his contact with the wall, the Ferrari driver gave a positive assessment of his opening day in Baku.

 

Published on 04/06/2021 à 17:45

Julien BILLIOTTE

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Leclerc confesses to having “attacked a little too much” in EL2

Ferrari never ceases to impress even if Leclerc sinned out of greed / © DPPI

He erred on the side of overconfidence and was trapped by going to wipe his front wing at turn 15 of an urban track where approximations are paid for in cash. 

Leclerc knows something about this, he who seemed untouchable during free practice for the 2019 Azerbaijan GP but had lost all hope of victory by crashing his Ferrari into the wall in qualifying. This time, the error only resulted in a benign change of mustache for the Monegasque. 

« I felt comfortable behind the wheel today, especially in the braking zones, Leclerc reported Friday evening. I was perhaps a little too confident and pushed too much as I approached turn 15. 

But at the end of the day, that's what free trials are for, flirting with the limits. I was on a good ride before this incident ».

Impressive in Monaco, the Ferraris expected to return to Earth this weekend in Azerbaijan. However, we found them once again at the forefront. 

« It's better than we expected but it's just the free practice, tempered Leclerc, author of the 2nd then 4th times of the opening day. The pace looks promising. I hope we will be as competitive tomorrow after working hard this evening. 

The McLaren are very fast even if they didn't really show it. Maybe they didn't have a clean session. They remain our direct competitors ». 

Definitely well acclimatized in his new work environment, his teammate Carlos Sainz completes the pretty picture of Maranello with a pair of 3rd places gleaned. The Spaniard, however, maintains that the Scuderia is not in as strong a position as in the Principality. 

« We are not as fast as in Monaco, repeated the Madrilenian. Red Bull is faster than us on a lap and in a race simulation.

We are better than expected but I must admit that I managed to get good aspirations during my fast laps. It was more complicated on the long stints. The hierarchy is not as clear as it may seem ». 

In any case, she looked great for the Reds at the start of the Azerbaijani weekend. 

Julien BILLIOTTE

AUTOhebdo deputy editor-in-chief. The feather dipped in gall.

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