Leclerc suffered an unusually poor qualifying show on the Losail Worldwide Circuit, getting no additional than thirteenth in Q2 whereas team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr progressed to line up seventh for tomorrow’s grand prix.
Afterwards Leclerc was at a loss to clarify for his struggles, saying he was “very confused” when he saw the gap to the top 10 runners and assumed it was “one thing fairly massive, as a result of I simply can not clarify it”.
Leclerc’s suspicions had been quickly confirmed after Ferrari checked his automotive and found a crack within the chassis of his Ferrari SF21.
“After Leclerc’s automotive was checked, a crack was discovered within the chassis, in all probability because of going over the kerbs on the primary run in Q1. It can now should be modified,” Ferrari mentioned in an announcement.
Ferrari is anticipating Leclerc will nonetheless have the ability to begin the race from his thirteenth place, including: “If all of the work is completed throughout the time allowed by the sporting rules, Charles will nonetheless begin from his qualifying place.”
Leclerc final swapped chassis after a crash in FP2 on the Belgian Grand Prix, the place he broken his earlier tub in a Les Combes shunt.
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
Picture by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images
Regardless of beginning to date again on a circuit the place overtaking will probably be troublesome, Leclerc remains to be hopeful his free selection of tyres will give him some choices to maneuver up the order and rating factors.
“I feel something is feasible,” Leclerc mentioned. “We can have a free selection of tyres, so hopefully we will benefit from it.”
The medium tyre is the popular compound for the beginning of the race, however as a result of its tempo drawback in comparison with the softs solely Sainz, each Mercedes drivers and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen managed to get by means of Q2 on the slower tyre.
Sainz defined it was essential for him to get by means of Q2 on the medium as a result of “very poor degradation” Ferrari is going through this weekend.
“We noticed numerous entrance tyre put on on Friday and that is why we had been right now so dedicated on the medium,” the Spaniard mentioned.
“It almost price us a spot in Q3 as a result of the smooth was the higher tyre. We risked rather a lot by staying on the medium for the second run, almost did not make it, however we did, after which in Q3 I loved a bit extra the smooth.
“Hopefully the medium offers us a little bit of an edge on that, as a result of we undoubtedly wrestle a bit.”