“I’m extremely happy about today,” said Leclerc after qualifying. “I did not expect to be fourth for tomorrow’s race and especially not starting with mediums.”
Leclerc admitted the team doubted they would be able to get through Q2 on the medium rubber.
“We tried it but we were not very confident about making it. To make it work was very nice.
“It’s looking [better] for the race tomorrow because our race pace we are struggling. I think we have the pace, we are just destroying the tyres very quickly compared to the others, so starting on the medium will help us massively.”
However his team mate Sebastian Vettel, who qualified 10th, will not have the same strategic advantage as his team mate.
“For sure starting on the soft tyre is not ideal,” said Vettel. “But it is what it is so we have to try and make the most of it.”
“I struggled to find the rhythm,” he admitted. “The car was not too bad but it didn’t fit me today so [I was] struggling. Yesterday obviously I did very little laps and this morning as I said [I couldn’t] get into the rhythm.
“Nevertheless I will try everything I can tomorrow and we’ll see what we can get.”
2020 F1 season
- Bottas vs Rosberg: Hamilton’s Mercedes team mates compared after 78 races each
- F1 revenues fell by $877 million in Covid-struck 2020 season
- Hamilton and Mercedes finally announce new deal for 2021 season
- F1 audience figures “strong” in 2020 despite dip in television viewers
- 2020 F1 driver rankings #1: Lewis Hamilton