Charles Leclerc he finished the second free practice session of the Austrian GP, scheduled on the Red Bull Ring track, only in 16th position. The Monegasque Ferrari driver, seventh last Sunday on this same track and voted ‘driver of the day’ by the fans after recovering from the last position, was however slowed down in his fast lap with soft rubber for some time. light shower of rain fall in the afternoon on the Austrian slope. He spoke to the microphones of Sky Sport F1, Leclerc outlined the ups and downs of this first day on a track that is already extremely well known to the teams after the GP last weekend.
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“I don’t think we have yet fully understood how to make the tires work optimally” commented the Ferrari driver. In fact, Pirelli has chosen to bring for this race softer one-step compounds compared to those of ‘race-1’. “We still have to work on this aspect – added Leclerc – but overall I think it was a good day. The race pace is as strong as it was last week. On the other hand, we are still working on the pace-qualification “. The latter is the aspect most under observation at Maranello, to avoid being forced to start too far behind McLaren – in particular that of Norris – as happened in the last race.
“We need to improve the set-up of the car, especially at the rear – concluded the Ferrari driver – and that’s what we will try to do for tomorrow. We tried the C5 compound for the first time on this track but we weren’t able to extract its maximum potential“.