Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2019

Ferrari “really need to work on race pace” – Leclerc

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In the round-up: Charles Leclerc warns both Mercedes and Red Bull now have superior race pace to Ferrari.


What they say

I think we really need to work on our race pace. Red Bull and Mercedes are stronger than us in race pace at the moment. Red Bull especially, and Mercedes are just quicker than us everywhere. Red Bull managed to keep the tyres a lot better than us so we need to work on that to try and understand and improve that.

But overall I think the last two races have been very exciting to watch. At least it felt that way in the car and I hope the next few races will be as fun to watch.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Simon Pagenaud, Penske, IndyCar, Iowa, 2019
Simon Pagenaud, Penske, IndyCar, Iowa, 2019

Simon Pagenaud continued his strong run of form by taking pole position for today’s IndyCar race on the compact Iowa oval. Two laps of 17.8 seconds saw him lead a Penske sweep of the top three places ahead of Will Power and points leader Josef Newgarden. Takuma Sato is the top Honda-powered qualifier on the grid ahead of James Hinchcliffe, who scored his most recent victory at the track last year.

Alexander Rossi, currently second in the championship, starts sixth ahead of Graham Rahal. Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marcus Ericsson complete the top 10 on the 22-car grid.

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Comment of the day

Does Vettel fail to adjust his expectations to what his car is capable of?

Vettel is clearly a driver who can get the extra little bit that from a car by driving on the edge. However, he has never learned to manage that risk.

Vettel’s style brings forth spectacular results when the car is just about there, at the level of competition or only slightly behind. If it’s too far behind, Vettel will still target wins in every race instead of lowering the target to a realistic level and going for maximum points available.

This results in over-driving and that’s the root cause of all of his mistakes in recent years. The correlation between his car being further off pace and costly mistakes is clearly visible. What baffles me is that it seems like he never learns.

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  • 4 comments on “Ferrari “really need to work on race pace” – Leclerc”

    1. Josh (@canadianjosh)
      20th July 2019, 3:14

      Great comment of the day JohnBeak, I totally agree with you. We sometimes tend to forget that he is a 4 time champion and obviously great driver. What you bring up really does make sense but the question is.. why does it keep happening? I would guess Charles Leclerc’s pace has a little to do with the desperate mistakes this year.

    2. He should have entered into the iRacing Spa 24hr under the name Max Norris for max Max’s.

    3. I wish more current F1-drivers did iRacing, and I’m surprised that it indeed is the case that only two of them are into sim-racing. Not even any other driver of the same generation or thereabouts (RUS, STR, GAS, SAI, KVY, etc.) is into sim-racing in their spare time.

      I share the same sentiments as the COTD.

    4. Leclerc is steadily becoming Ferrari’s lead driver. Vettel has made too many mistakes and his Team leader crown is slipping.

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