Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Mugello, 2020

Filming day helped Ferrari make quick start in first practice at Mugello – Leclerc

2020 Tuscan Grand Prix Ferrari 1000

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Charles Leclerc says the filming day Ferrari conducted at Mugello in June helped them hit the ground running at the track today.

He ended the first practice session third fastest behind the two Mercedes drivers in one of the more competitive recent showings by Ferrari.

“It was positive,” said Leclerc at the end of the first day of practice. “On the other hand when it’s going positive we need to understand why.”

He admitted the team did not expect their promising start to the weekend. “To be honest, it was a bit of a surprise for everyone,” he said. “I have my personal opinion.”

Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel previously spent a day running a 2018-specification Ferrari at the Tuscan circuit, which is owned by the car manufacturer.

“We have done a filming day which helped us also to get in the rhythm of the track [while] for all the other drivers it was a new track. Maybe that helped us a bit.”

Leclerc fell to 10th in the times in the second practice session, behind Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo.

“In second practice it was more where we expected to be,” he said. “But I believe that it’s all very close and I think that we can do a positive step for tomorrow.”

He admitted he was already feeling the physical strain of the high-speed circuit. “Already in second practice for the long runs that we’ve done, for the neck, you start to feel it,” he said. “So the race will be a tough one.”

“The speeds are high, there’s not much run-off area, so no room for errors,” he added. “But I guess that’s what we like as drivers.”

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8 comments on “Filming day helped Ferrari make quick start in first practice at Mugello – Leclerc”

  1. I think Leclerc must “suspect” that they just put in less fuel and used more powerfull engine modes to start the weekend they planned on celebrating off with something positive. Showboating. It is what midfield teams and backmarkers at times do when the bosses / owners / potential sponsors are looking at them.

    1. Good job Vettel was on hand to balance that out with a complete power unit / electrical failure ;)

      1. yeah. And both guys also did some spinning to add to the fun, right @mach1

    2. What midfield teams do is make up problems so they can curtail practice and save money like haas, or mclaren back in 2018.

  2. i cant help but feel a safety car might be on the cards for Sunday.

    1. Yeah, it seem a red car gonna lead the race at some point during the race. Not only because this is a ‘new’ track for so many drivers but also because this is a high speed track. The load on tyres would be immense.

      1. Another Mercedes in disguise. Now whe have a black, pink and red one.

  3. It’s the new paint job!!

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