Leclerc entered the race weekend on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez feeling optimistic given Ferrari’s energy at excessive downforce tracks this 12 months and the set-up necessities of the circuit.
Whereas Ferrari ended Friday in Mexico because the main midfield workforce, it completed over a second off Max Verstappen’s P1 time for Crimson Bull, led by Carlos Sainz Jr in fifth with Leclerc three-tenths additional again in seventh.
In direction of the tip of second apply, Leclerc advised Ferrari over workforce radio that he was “struggling a lot with the engine points”.
Leclerc defined after apply that the issues have been nothing main to fret about, and that the workforce understood what was taking place.
“We had some issues occurring within the background that wasn’t nice to drive, however nothing too huge,” Leclerc stated.
“All the things we are able to management, so it’s no huge issues, it’s only a bit harder to drive in these situations.”
Leclerc added that the problem was “only a little bit of an absence of torque generally out of the corners” and a “lack of acceleration, however nothing too huge”.
The excessive altitude and decreased air density in Mexico Metropolis means higher pressure is positioned on the facility items at occasions, typically levelling efficiency gaps between totally different engine suppliers.
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21
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Sainz thought that groups have been “all struggling a bit right here and there with the temperatures, due to the skinny air right here and every thing”, making it “fairly a difficult day” for him.
Ferrari is trying to leapfrog McLaren within the combat for third place within the constructors’ championship this weekend after shifting to inside 3.5 factors of the British workforce final day trip in Austin.
Sainz and Leclerc each famous the spectacular Friday show by AlphaTauri, who completed sixth with Pierre Gasly and had Yuki Tsunoda additionally attain the highest 10 in FP2.
“It’s unusual as a result of we got here right here pondering that we might be fairly aggressive, however really AlphaTauri seems to be very aggressive,” Leclerc stated.
“The Honda guys generally look very aggressive. And McLaren additionally can be there. So it’s going to be very, very tight [in qualifying].”
Sainz added: “We’ve been wanting good in the previous couple of races. However right here, I don’t really feel like we’ve got nailed the automotive stability but.
“We’re nonetheless a bit removed from ultimate automotive stability and ultimate feeling with the automotive, and what we’re making an attempt to do now going into tomorrow is be certain we put it in the correct window and acquire these additional couple of tenths that may put us in entrance of the AlphaTauri.
“In the mean time, they give the impression of being a bit faster.”