Leclerc reveals whether extreme Ferrari porpoising affected his pace

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Charles Leclerc has stated that Ferrari are concentrating on their porpoising points, as a consequence of how the bouncing has the potential to have an effect on consistency.

					Leclerc reveals whether extreme Ferrari porpoising affected his pace


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Charles Leclerc has downplayed how Ferrari’s excessive porpoising is affecting his final tempo.

The Monegasque took a snug win on Sunday on the Australian Grand Prix, storming house over 20 seconds away from Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez. Leclerc had additionally been in a position to maintain off Max Verstappen all through the occasion, previous to the Dutch driver’s retirement on Lap 39 of 58.

Having claimed pole place, the quickest lap and the race win, in addition to main each lap, Leclerc was merely unstoppable all through the weekend in Melbourne.

However, other than his tempo, the eye-catching a part of watching the Ferrari on-track was its relentless porpoising, with each Leclerc and Carlos Sainz encountering excessive bouncing as they went down the curved again straight alongside the lake.

Regardless of the identical difficulty hampering Mercedes’ outright tempo, Ferrari’s pace would not look like compromised in any means.

Leclerc: I’m "not very delicate" to porpoising

Requested whether or not the porpoising was one thing that bothered him on monitor, Leclerc defined that it isn’t disturbing his means to place in an excellent lap time.

“I do not know why, however I’m not very delicate to it,” Leclerc instructed media, together with, following his victory.

“It appears to be like extraordinarily dangerous on the onboards. In fact, I really feel it but it surely
would not disturb me an excessive amount of, by way of efficiency. Only for Flip 9
possibly a little bit bit, as a result of it is simply tough. It is bouncing so much.

“But it surely’s positively one thing we wish to sort out as a result of it would not
assist us for consistency, particularly after you have bouncing in a nook –
it may be an issue. So we have to work on that.”

While Leclerc defined that it was a priority for consistency, he poured chilly water on the concept that Ferrari may have much more tempo if the automotive was extra secure down the straights.

“It wasn’t a problem,” he stated.

“I could not have gone quicker if I did not have the bouncing.

“For the restart, it was a bit tough as a result of I had it earlier than Flip 1,
so that you’re by no means as assured to only brake extraordinarily laborious for Flip 1.
However all the things went properly, it was simply not so snug to do 58 laps
like this.”

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Ferrari's tempo a "shock"

Having dominated the race in a style not seen up till this level throughout 2022, Leclerc admits that the distinction between Ferrari and Purple Bull on race day had caught the Scuderia unexpectedly.

“I feel we have been all stunned by our tempo,” the motive force defined.

“On the Medium [tyre], in the direction of the tip of the stint, we have been extraordinarily robust. We managed these tyres extraordinarily properly, we did not have an excessive amount of graining. So there, the tempo was very robust.

“Then, on the Hards, we most likely anticipated Purple Bull to be a bit nearer by way of tempo however, additionally there, we appeared to have the higher hand. After qualifying and FP2, we did not see that – that efficiency distinction between us and Purple Bull. So it was an excellent shock!”

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