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Ferrari were 'just slow' during Tuscan GP - Leclerc

  • Published on 14 Sep 2020 13:33
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc expressed his disappointment with the performance of the team during Ferrari's one-thousandth race during Sunday's Tuscan Grand Prix, claiming the team were 'just slow'.

After a good start and problems for cars around him, Leclerc converted his fifth-place qualifying result into third in the opening laps of the race but was not able to stay there and was quickly caught by the chasing cars, eventually finishing in eighth place.

Leclerc also suffered from tyre wear during the race, being forced to make two pitstops during the race despite two red flags which saw the opportunity to restart the race on fresh tyres.

Commenting on his performance after the race, Leclerc urged his team to 'try and understand' the issues with the SF1000 as the team continue to struggle with the chassis over the race weekends.

"We were just slow," Leclerc explained.

"There's not much more to add to that. We didn't have the pace. I had a great start, put myself I think in the best possible position, I had the two Mercedes that were going away so I had free air but I was just struggling so much with the car.

"I don't know. We have to work and try to understand honestly because some races, we are not very competitive in quali but better in the race which has been the case at the beginning of the season.

"Now we seem to have done quite a good job yesterday in quali but struggling massively with the car in the race. It's a difficult moment."

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  • Dert38

    Posts: 344

    The pace was ok until the tyre erase

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    • Sep 14 2020 - 19:11
    • Chassis made for a different engine. Good luck driving that! I must support Ferrari in offloading a costly employee and abandoning their 2020 car. But, if the same performance repeats, 2021 is not going to be this forgiving everywhere.

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      • Sep 14 2020 - 23:57
    • Snooky

      Posts: 120

      @mcbhargav the regs for ‘21 are almost identical to this year, except with around 10% loss in downforce expected. I think next years order will be very similar to the latter half of this years, so another struggle for Ferrari, which they have been open about, they, like a few others are waiting for ‘22 new regs

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      • Sep 15 2020 - 09:35
  • Leclerc made a heroic effort but was again thwarted by a shoddy car.

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    • Sep 15 2020 - 12:09
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    crippled by the regs. No engine development yet no penalty for spending more than the cap? Let the teams devo with a devo penalty

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    • Sep 15 2020 - 12:41

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