MONTMELO, Spain — Carlos Leclerc He suspects that a mechanical problem was to blame for his lack of pace in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver will start 19th on the grid on Sunday after finishing the first qualifying session 0.6 seconds behind his teammate. Carlos Sainz and as the second slowest driver.
Leclerc said the car had performance issues in right-hand corners, and although he initially thought it was related to his rear tires, he is now convinced there was a mechanical problem with his car.
“We will have to check the data and, above all, check the car because there was definitely something strange,” he said. “I almost lost it during the red flag (in Q1) and I was doing 70 km/h and there was no warning.
“The left turns were really bad, right rear and at first I thought it was the tyres, so we used a new set of tires and with the new set of tires I had the same feeling, straight.” Hand corners are really good, left hand corners are completely off.
“We’ll have to check, but I’d be very surprised if we didn’t find something in the car.”
Ferrari debuted an aerodynamic upgrade this weekend, but Leclerc believes his problems are unrelated.
“I think it’s mechanical,” he said. “Our aerodynamic package is the new one from yesterday and it worked very well. I don’t think it’s aerodynamic.”
“To be honest, it’s going to be an uphill weekend. On the other hand, it’s a track where we’ll see quite a few pit stops, tire degradation will be a big problem tomorrow, so if we do a good job where we’re going to improve our possibilities”.