F1, Leclerc after practice: "We have an encouraging pace"

Charles as optimistic as Comrade Sainz. Verstappen: “They are strong on the flying lap but on the race pace we are strong like them”. Russell’s alarm: “We can’t run 4 seasons with cars that jump like this”

To quickly forget the flop in Monaco, this is the goal of Charles Leclerc, immediately the fastest at the end of the two free practice sessions at the Baku circuit where the Azerbaijani GP will be held on Sunday “It was a concrete day: the progression that we did from the first to the second session was significant and is the result of the good work done as a team. The lap times are not representative because no one has managed to put together a clean lap in the second session. I think there is still a good margin of clearance. improvement, but overall our pace seemed quite interesting and I felt comfortable in the car. As for the tires, the feeling after the long run in general was positive, we also didn’t have any graining at all and this is another important aspect “.

Good pace

World leader Max Verstappen on the same wavelength. “I had a bit of bad luck with the soft tire, every time I started for the flying lap there were yellow flags. We seem quite competitive, Ferrari is fast on the flying lap but we are on the same level on the long run”, he said. said to Sky’s microphones. “On street circuits, we don’t manage to punch in the sprint lap but I wouldn’t say it was a bad day. We tried to fix the rear wing and I think we succeeded. I haven’t tried the simulation of the race much but we have an idea about it. how to manage the Grand Prix. We do not know tire degradation but we have enough information to make us be positive. “

Too much hops

After a complicated start, Sainz also said he was satisfied at the end of the day: “It was an interesting Friday, as always here in Baku. The first session was not easy because I struggled a little too much with bottoming and porpoising, and this did not give me the right confidence. In the second session we worked in the right direction and thus we were able to improve competitiveness and sensations. Overall the session went smoothly even if I was unable to put together a fast lap on the Soft tires because of the yellow flags. Tomorrow we will try to take another step forward and then have a clean qualifying in the afternoon. ” Even the other according to Sergio Perez, fresh king of Monaco, has some complaints: “Today was a good start – explained the Mexican -, then in the following we didn’t do as well as we would have liked. We probably took an unprofitable direction. But we also have good data in the race simulation with the tires, with Max we collected a lot and we will talk about it together. The dips were annoying, especially when braking. “

Crisis continues

Montmelò was an illusion. Back on a track with long straights, Mercedes found a very annoying porpoising, difficulty in advancing on the straight and poor cornering grip. Result Russell finished 7th, Hamiulton who even experimented 12th: “We are not competitive, Ferrari and Red Bull are able to get the tire to work well right away, we struggle. But this constitutes 50% of our problems, the others they are related to performance, “acknowledged Russell who also sounded an alarm. “I don’t know what the future of this generation of machines will be like but I can’t imagine that we will run four years like this (jumping straight like grasshoppers; ed). It’s something we have to discuss because we are all in the same boat!”.



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