Charles Leclerc reacts to Sergio Perez producing magnific lap for pole position

CHARLES LECLERC has certified second for Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

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Charles Leclerc stated he “didn’t count on” Sergio Perez to beat him to pole because the Ferrari man was solely fast sufficient for second. He stated his “lap felt good” and the session was nearly preserving it on the observe.

Leclerc added: “The lap felt good, actually. I’m very proud of the lap. All qualifying was all about simply preserving it on observe and never doing any errors which might have been pricey.

“Then in Q3 within the second lap, I simply went for it. I kind of put every thing collectively, there was a bit right here and there. I positively didn’t count on Checo to come back with that lap time, congratulations to him. I am positive he did an unbelievable job in the present day.”

Leclerc was on provisional pole earlier than a last-minute steal by Crimson Bull’s Perez. Leclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz was third with Max Verstappen in fourth.

Sainz appeared set to beat his team-mate earlier in qualifying however was unable to get a powerful sufficient lap in on the finish.  He was one-tenth down on his earlier quickest after the primary sector and misplaced extra time later across the lap.

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Charles Leclerc reacts to Sergio Perez producing magnific lap for pole position

Leclerc was second quickest in qualifying (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

He stated: “The lap for P3 was fairly good, it was on a used tyre – the brand new tyre for some motive is difficult for me. On the brand new tyre in the long run of Q3 I did not have the grip. Must be an thrilling race!”

Perez’s pole place was his first in F1 regardless of spending a decade within the sport. 

The Mexican stated: “What a lap, unbelievable. I can do 1,000 laps and I do not assume I may beat that one, it was unbelievable. We weren’t anticipating to match the Ferraris in qualifying, we have been focussing on the race.”

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Charles Leclerc reacts to Sergio Perez producing magnific lap for pole position

Charles Leclerc missed out on pole by fractions of a second (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

Ferrari group principal Mattia Binotto stated: “Personally pleased for our second and third place. I believe after Bahrain to be right here to be once more aggressive, displaying the automobile by some means is nice. The drivers can do effectively, I am fairly proud of that.”

He added the race tomorrow could be a “gamble” however the group could be able to take up any alternatives.

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