Ferrari’s SF-23 automotive proved well-suited to the high-speed Las Vegas monitor final weekend, as Leclerc and team-mate Carlos Sainz had been capable of lock out the entrance row of the grid in qualifying. Sainz finally dropped down the grid on account of an influence unit change penalty.
Within the race, Leclerc took the battle to Purple Bull and he appeared to have the tempo to seize his first win of the marketing campaign earlier than a poorly timed security automotive left him on the backfoot when it comes to tyre life.
Whereas his second-placed end, having snatched the runner-up spot from Sergio Perez on the ultimate lap, was an ideal outcome, Leclerc is conscious of the particular circumstances at play.
Specifically, he felt the distinctive low temperatures of Las Vegas, which meant tyre graining moderately than thermal degradation was the limiting issue, was one thing that flattered his workforce.
That’s the reason he expects a return to extra regular situations at Abu Dhabi, which can be fairly intensive for tyres, will probably end in a a lot tougher time for Ferrari.
Reflecting on the Las Vegas kind, Leclerc mentioned: “I believe this says quite a bit about our automotive, and we’re in situations which are like nowhere else.
“It’s totally, very chilly and I believe overheating right here will not be that a lot of a problem. It was extra graining and attempting to maintain these tyres in temperatures, and on that, we’re fairly good.
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Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari, 2nd place, celebrates along with his workforce on arrival in Parc Ferme
“However each time it is hotter, we battle extra. So, it does not give me any extra confidence for the longer term as a result of Abu Dhabi goes to be very totally different in comparison with right here.
“Alternatively, it is all the time good to have an ideal weekend. I believe we have realized quite a bit as effectively for the longer term. So yeah, it is a good weekend general.”
Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur reckoned that fluctuations in kind between groups had been right down to the way in which that automobiles managed their tyres – as that defined why some automobiles struggled a lot in Brazil however had been higher in Las Vegas.
“If in case you have a take a look at the Mercedes, [in Brazil], they had been completely nowhere on the tyre administration they usually did an honest race this weekend,” he mentioned.
“From monitor to trace, from compound to compound, it is a totally different story. The situations [in Las Vegas] had been fairly chilly in comparison with the remainder of the season and we had good administration.
“However I believe it was actually the case, not the final race, however a few races in the past. It is all the time on the sting of tyre administration.”
Extra reporting by Adam Cooper