4th in qualifying, “a disappointing result” for Charles Leclerc at Imola

Charles Leclerc was clearly aiming for pole position at Imola but on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, the Monegasque could not do better than 4th place. A frustrating result given the start of the weekend.

Published on 18/05/2024 à 17:55

Yannis Duval

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4th in qualifying, “a disappointing result” for Charles Leclerc at Imola

Charles Leclerc, disappointed with his performance in qualifying at Imola. ©DPPI

While we expected that the Ferrari are fighting for pole position, at Imola, the qualifying session was ultimately more complicated than expected. During Free Practice, Charles Leclerc had shown great pace which foreshadowed very good things for the rest of the weekend. The reality of the qualifications, however, cooled the enthusiasm of the many fans present on site.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz could not do better than a 4th and 5th position on the starting grid. A result which is very far from satisfying the Monegasque who almost advanced with the status of favorite for pole position.

“In Free Practice 1, 2 and 3 it's always difficult to judge how hard the others are pushing, but I think we pushed a little more than the others, explained Leclerc at the microphone of Canal + in a mixed zone. In qualifying, we lost a bit of performance, it wasn't as good as we expected. It’s a bit disappointing for today…”

The Ferrari driver, however, remains confident for tomorrow's race and ensures that his SF-24 can exploit its full potential on Sunday.

“In terms of race pace we're pretty good, that's been the strength of our car since the start of the year, whereas in qualifying we're struggling a little more, and that was still the case today, He continues. We have to succeed in unlocking this performance because it makes Sunday complicated for us although the situation is better on Sunday, compared to last year. Tomorrow (Sunday, editor's note) there are some chances of rain, so we will have to be on the right side of the strategies to finish this weekend better. »

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