Though Saturday’s observe motion occurred in damp however drying circumstances, Ferrari elected to decide to a race biased set-up on Leclerc’s automotive that may assist enhance his straightline pace in Sunday’s race.
That selection made it more durable for Leclerc to get temperature into his rubber by way of Saturday’s qualifying periods although. However, after a useful tow from teammate Carlos Sainz, he received by way of to Q3 after which grabbed the fourth quickest time proper on the finish.
With Lewis Hamilton dropping again from pole to take eleventh on the grid, it means Leclerc will begin third and be in good condition so long as issues keep dry.
Talking in regards to the wing degree selection, Leclerc mentioned: “I knew it was going to be a difficult session for us as a result of we determined to go for a low-downforce set-up for this qualifying for tomorrow.
“Ultimately I feel it’s the proper selection, however for right now it was going to be difficult.
“So in Q2, because of Carlos clearly for the tow, in any other case I feel it might have been a bit tighter to get to Q3 with the visitors I had within the final three corners.”
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, recovers after a spin
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Ferrari’s robust tempo – as he ended up simply 0.267 seconds slower than pole man Valtteri Bottas – has been a shock with the main Mercedes and Pink Bull groups usually properly clear in entrance.
Requested why he felt the Ferrari was working so properly in Istanbul, Leclerc mentioned: “I am not utterly positive to be trustworthy.
“In addition to this, it is a bit unusual to be trustworthy, as a result of additionally the midfield appears to be working fairly properly. We’re very near pole place , everyone seems to be, so it is good to see that.”
Whereas he’s bullish about his prospects for the race, Leclerc mentioned he wouldn’t strive something silly in opposition to the title battling Mercedes and Pink Bull automobiles forward of him.
“I will not take too many dangers with the 2 first,” he mentioned. “We aren’t preventing with them within the championship. The begins are all the time difficult, however I will not take too many dangers.”