How Leclerc lost out to Verstappen in the Imola Sprint

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Charles Leclerc was on target to win the Imola Dash race, just for tyre points to strike late on. RacingNews365.com technical analyst Paolo Filisetti takes a more in-depth have a look at how the scenario unfolded.

					How Leclerc lost out to Verstappen in the Imola Sprint

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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc needed to concede defeat to Crimson Bull rival Max Verstappen with two laps remaining in Saturday’s Dash race at Imola.

This was because of Ferrari unexpectedly affected by extra graining than Crimson Bull – particularly on the front-right tyre – all through the 21-lap encounter.

Though Leclerc took the lead on the primary lap, and had been driving in clear air thereafter, he nonetheless encountered vital lateral tyre slip. This phenomenon could be attributed
to the set-up of his F1-75.

					How Leclerc lost out to Verstappen in the Imola Sprint

Ferrari's entrance wing in focus

On the Dash grid, it was evident that the entrance wing (see above) had been adjusted, with Ferrari choosing extra aerodynamic effectivity on the straights.

Due to this fact, if the positions had remained unchanged at first, Ferrari and Leclerc gave themselves extra of a possibility to move Verstappen, whereas additionally making it harder for his or her rivals to overhaul.

On the finish of the race, we noticed that Verstappen needed to get very near Leclerc by the ultimate nook to move utilizing the Drag Discount System (DRS).

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What in regards to the Grand Prix?

Graining was predominantly seen on the front-right tyre because of Imola being a counter-clockwise circuit, which means there may be extra stress on this space by the numerous left-hand corners.

Ferrari’s set-up choice ought to work higher in the primary Grand Prix on Sunday, when Leclerc and Verstappen won’t solely use the Tender compound tyre.

It is usually value mentioning that in second observe, Leclerc simulated a long term with the Medium compound, which he’ll in all probability use to start out the 63-lap race.

As such, the problem Leclerc suffered within the Dash mustn’t occur once more.

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