Charles Leclerc says qualifying is the main area he needs to improve at the moment.Ferrari driver took pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix but has been out-qualified by team mate Sebastian Vettel at every other race so far this year. Leclerc said his starting position in Canada flattered his performance in qualifying.
“I did some mistakes which I need to work on,” he admitted. “To put everything together in qualifying I think is my main target at the moment because during the race the performance was very strong on my side so I was very happy with it.
“In qualifying unfortunately I did some mistakes and I think we actually [were] lucky to start from third position. I need to learn from this, try to get better in this particular session and then the results will come together.”
Leclerc says avoiding errors is only one aspect of his qualifying performance he needs to improve.
“I think it’s a combination of things. Now I’m learning from it, I think I shall be more aware about – and this is myself – there needs to be more asking about the weather conditions. The wind with these cars is very powerful. It changed a little bit during qualifying in Canada.
“It’s not the main issue, I think the main issue is that I need to put everything together in my lap driving-wise. Trying to have maybe a bit more predictable set-up and to have also the set-up that is perfect for Q3, not Q1. So to try to anticipate a little bit the evolution of the track will be key.”
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