CHARLES LECLERC will begin Sunday’s race no increased than P11 after being handed a 10-place grid penalty.
Charles Leclerc will begin no increased than P11 on Sunday (Picture: GETTY)
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Charles Leclerc has remained optimistic about his possibilities on the Canadian Grand Prix regardless of incurring a grid penalty for a 3rd Management Digital being fitted to his Ferrari. F1 groups are solely permitted two Management Digital adjustments all through the season, however the blowout final weekend made it unimaginable for Ferrari to proceed with out one other being fitted.
Ferrari mentioned in a press release: “A brand new Management Digital has been fitted to Charles’ automobile previous to FP2. It’s the third of those parts used thus far this season – solely two are permitted – due to this fact Charles takes a grid penalty.”
That leaves Leclerc with loads of work to do on Sunday whereas he’ll additionally want to indicate his tempo in qualifying to present himself the most effective likelihood of coming by way of the sector. Leclerc’s points will give each Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez some respiratory room for the race.
However the 24-year-old is not too disheartened about his punishment for taking over a brand new Management Digital. “Nicely, clearly I am beginning a bit of bit extra within the again,” Leclerc mentioned.
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Charles Leclerc had a 3rd Management Digital fitted to his automobile (Picture: GETTY)
“However I believe it was the most effective determination to make so let’s have a look at the way it goes. Overtaking was a bit of bit tougher than I anticipated immediately, however the tempo is there, so hopefully we are able to come again to the place we wish to be.”
And Leclerc feels as if Ferrari have the proper package deal this weekend to problem Crimson Bull in Sunday’s race.
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“It’s fairly shut,” he mentioned. “The race tempo we have to work on – I imply it’s a bit troublesome to have a transparent image as a result of I used to be on a special compound on a regular basis however total, it didn’t look too dangerous in order that’s good.”
Verstappen and Leclerc have been neck-and-neck in FP2 on Friday night time with simply 0.081s between them. However Sergio Perez was off the tempo on his ultimate run and a mistake within the center sector noticed him submit solely the Eleventh-quickest time.
Leclerc’s retirement from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix final weekend now leaves him 34 factors behind Verstappen on the prime of the Drivers’ Championship. And he might want to maintain a detailed eye on George Russell’s improvement at Mercedes with the younger Brit simply 17 factors behind within the standings.