As Charles Leclerc had hoped yesterday at a press conference, Ferrari managed to make good use of the characteristics of the Istanbul track, during the first free practice of the Turkish Grand Prix.

“Compared to last year, the track has more grip,” explains Leclerc. “The car felt really good today, and I really enjoyed the ride because I could play with the back of the car and make it spin like that.”

“The feeling has been good all day long but again, don’t get carried away because I feel the best teams have more to show. Plus with plenty of fuel. , Seems to be going well, so everything looks positive at the moment. “

“But again, it’s only a Friday so for now I want to keep my head in the handlebars, keep working as hard as possible to try and polish the car so that I have a perfect qualifying tomorrow. . “

For Carlos Sainz, the day had less interest since he will start at the back of the grid on Sunday, and the program was not the same: “A Friday a little different for us obviously, knowing that we will start from the back of the grid due to the penalty for changing engines. “

“We checked everything was working fine, tried different settings and worked with the soft and medium tires, focusing on the long runs. It was quite strange to approach on a Friday without trying to go fast in the short runs, but our goal this weekend is to gain places on Sunday. “

“The car looks competitive and the track has changed a lot since last year. There is a lot of grip, probably one of the highest in the race. season so far and it’s important to understand how that affects the tires and performance of the car. “

“It’s a track where the limit is the front end, with turn 8 and all the other corners that make F1 cars very understeer, and we have to experiment to see if we can work it out. Souls that we normally have. And I use this weekend as an experiment for myself too. “

Sainz admits he feels “a little depressed” about starting from the back of the grid after seeing Leclerc show a pace that he believes could put Ferrari in the running for the podium.

“Now I see where Charles is in the quick laps and he could fight for a podium, so it makes me a little bit sorry that I wasn’t here on Saturday to fight for that. And Sunday too, I won’t be there. to fight for that, unless I make a huge comeback, which is pretty unlikely. It makes me feel a little bit depressed, because I could be there with him fighting for them. higher seats, when you see the pace of our car this weekend. “