F1, Leclerc: ‘We are strong in the race, we will be closer to Red Bull. I worked on qualifications’

“This year we are strong in the racewe will be closer to Red Bull“, word of Charles Leclerc in Press conference before Grand Prix in China, “Shanghai is a track where we can be stronger than Suzuka: we will approach the weekend in the same way.” Formula 1 has been absent in China since 2019: “It’s been a long time since the last time here: we’ll have to see how our car will behave and what the main limitations will be in the race. On paper we should be closer to Red Bull, who however I believe will still be ahead“. The first Sprint Race of the season will take place in Shanghai, with a new format that includes a free practice session and two qualifying sessions: “It won’t be easy; as we saw in Japan, in qualifying with a small mistake you risk starting far from the top positions: it will be important to extract the maximum from the car”. Sky Sport he elaborates: “The unknown will be the asphalt, but after the first laps we will have some answers Sprint will be The same for everyone and the free practice session will be an opportunity.” On the work done since the last Grand Prix in Japan: “I concentrated on qualifications because in the last two I struggled. I’m not worried: it’s little things that make the difference, things that I wasn’t able to change for Japan after the difficult race in Australia. It will be better here“.

“Carlos is driving at a high level”

On the performances of his teammate Sainz, who has reached the podium in all the races he has competed in so far: “In the last few races he has been stronger, so it’s up to me to workespecially in qualifying, which has always been my strong point but where I struggled this year. Carlos is riding at a very high level: all this is positive for the team and for me“.

2024-04-18 12:00:42
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