Charles Leclerc may have reached Q3 at the Italian Grand Prix, his qualifications were not easy, on the contrary. The Ferrari driver suffered from a technical glitch related to his power unit, crippling enough that he returned to the pit in the middle of Q1 to find a solution, apparently without success. This concern affected him inconstantly, and Leclerc still managed to place seventh, ninth and eighth of the three qualifying phases, his deficit over his teammate Carlos Sainz never exceeding 0 “101.
“It’s okay, well it was a very difficult day for me,” lamented the Monegasque. “We had a problem during all qualifying. I won’t go into too much detail, but we are studying this for tomorrow and hope to fix it because otherwise it might be. very difficult to race that way. Overall not that bad, because frankly eighth place with that is a good result. I’m not going to hit the dice. Details, but there was something going on with the power unit. I don’t really know what it was, but it was very difficult to drive. ” Ferrari will hand over the first power unit of the season for the remainder of the weekend, therefore without penalty.
Sainz, for his part, was satisfied with his seventh place on the grid, two tenths behind Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri. “The qualifying went off without a hitch from start to finish,” commented the Spaniard. “Unfortunately, from the start of Q1, we saw that we were a little too far from the top 5. Unfortunately, on such a circuit where we want to do so well in front of the tifosi, we are struggling to reach the top 5, but we managed to progress over the course of the session. We did some good laps, it is very close between Charles and me, we are more or less at the level. car is pretty much where it’s supposed to be. We want to do better in the future, but today that’s what we have. “
The Scuderia will in any case benefit from the support of the tifosi during the Sprint Qualifiers as well as the race on Sunday, at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. “We’re going to need it, because unfortunately that’s where we are now, seventh and eighth,” Sainz added. “We have made good progress compared to last year, you have to remember that last year one car was eliminated in Q1, the other was 13th. Relatively good progress in the space of a year on such a circuit which we know does not suit the characteristics of the car, but we still want more and will continue to work on it. “
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