Ferrari ‘weaknesses’ revealed in Saudi Red Bull battle

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Ferrari ‘weaknesses’ revealed in Saudi Red Bull battle

Charles Leclerc has mentioned the “weaknesses” in his Ferrari have been seen when he diced for the lead with Max Verstappen in Jeddah.

The 2 duelled for victory in the direction of the top of an absorbing race, with Verstappen ultimately utilizing the benefit of DRS to cross the Monegasque driver.

Leclerc stayed inside DRS vary of the World Champion for the remaining laps however couldn’t shut in to attempt to overtake his rival, who then went on to win the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Each drivers tried to make sure that they had DRS for the start-finish straight, with the benefit gained after Flip 27 being such that the lead of the race hinged upon it.

Leclerc saved the lead for a number of laps as they duelled, however admitted Verstappen understood his “thoughts video games” and ultimately made the decisive transfer within the latter phases.

The Ferrari appeared to have the measure of the Pink Bull for many of the race, however as soon as Verstappen had managed to get inside a second of Leclerc in entrance, that’s the place he thinks the F1-75’s shortcomings have been highlighted.

“I feel the purpose the place we struggled most is each time Max received the DRS mainly as a result of our weaknesses have been simply larger, the straight-line velocity distinction was a lot larger,” mentioned Leclerc, quoted by GPFans.

“We have been nonetheless fast within the corners however not sufficient to have that margin to cowl. So from that second onwards, it was a bit harder for us.”

Ferrari have been faster than Pink Bull via the primary sector in Jeddah all weekend and a few drivers struggled to maintain on high of their tyre temperatures via the sweeping corners in that a part of the observe.

Leclerc mentioned that had not been a problem for Ferrari and felt he may preserve the hole to Verstappen when it got here to grip ranges, however their straight-line velocity drawback was an issue for him.

“For the tyre administration, I don’t suppose we did something improper there,” he mentioned. “I don’t suppose it’s the motive why we misplaced a win.

 

“They have been constant, however the first run was a bit harder. I feel we did an ideal job by managing these mediums as a result of it wasn’t straightforward following Checo [Perez].

“However in the direction of the top, we really had fairly a superb tempo on these mediums. Then on the arduous, it felt good each time I had a bit of little bit of margin – I felt like I may preserve the hole to Max.”

 

 

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