Leclerc expecting ‘tricky race’ despite setting early pace

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Charles Leclerc topped the timesheets in Friday's second observe session on the Australian Grand Prix, however the Ferrari driver isn’t anticipating a simple weekend for the workforce of their combat in opposition to Crimson Bull.

					Leclerc expecting 'tricky race' despite setting early pace

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Charles Leclerc is anticipating a “difficult race” in Australia, regardless of setting the tempo in Friday’s closing observe session.

The Ferrari driver completed second to teammate Carlos Sainz throughout Free Observe 1, however went on to prime the timesheets in Free Observe 2, beating Max Verstappen in P2 by 0.245 seconds.

Nonetheless, Leclerc believes that the monitor is extra suited to Crimson Bull, notably given the modifications which were made to the Albert Park venue since F1 final visited in 2019.

“I nonetheless really feel like right here perhaps it would go a bit in Crimson Bull’s manner,” Leclerc advised media together with RacingNews365.com.

“[It might go in the] Crimson Bull path for these monitor [characteristics], particularly after the modifications. They have a great straight line pace with the brand new monitor modifications.

“So now we have to concentrate on ourselves. I nonetheless consider that if we do the right weekend for us, there’s a chance for us to do an amazing weekend and [fight for] the win, nevertheless it is perhaps [difficult].”

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Leclerc: Albert Park not strongest monitor for Ferrari

Regardless of his perception that the circuit is extra suited to Crimson Bull than Ferrari, Leclerc remains to be wanting ahead to the race, notably in gentle of System 1’s two-year absence from the monitor because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am actually wanting ahead to it,” he defined.

“It has been two years that we’ve not been right here, so I am excited to be again right here with a brand new monitor format too, with 4 DRS zones, so it will be an thrilling weekend.

“I am unsure it will likely be the strongest monitor for us. It is perhaps a bit extra in Crimson Bull’s path, however anyway, if we do the right weekend I am fairly certain that nice issues can occur.”

All in all, although, Leclerc isn’t anticipating the Grand Prix to be clean crusing because of the many DRS zones.

“It will be a tough race,” the Monegasque added.

“The DRS goes to be clearly very highly effective right here, so we would see some fascinating methods with it, and we’ll need to make the very best out of it and to make use of it in one of the simplest ways doable.”

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