Charles Leclerc urges Ferrari to react to problems in medium and soft tire races

Charles Leclerc says Ferrari needs to examine why they are struggling to make softer tire mixes happy in the race.

Ferrari entered the first day of the race in Miami as the favorite to win, Leclerc started from the pole position with his teammate Carlos Sainz next to him on the bars.

Red Bulls Max Verstappen he cleared Sainza right after the start, but during the first laps Leclerc seemed to have the advantage in pace.

That situation soon changed when Red Bull told Verstappen that Leclerc was struggling with his front right middle tire.

Verstappen closed properly, passing in the 9th lap – the move was said by Verstappen made his race as he continued to claim victory.

This was not the first time Red Bull had shown a better ability to handle softer joints compared to Ferrari, so with its leadership in Driver’s Championship over Verstappen now reduced to 19 points Leclerc knows Ferrari need to give an answer.

Asked during a post-race press conference whether Ferrari’s answer is needed now, Leclerc told reporters: “In the race we have to, especially on softer mixes, on medium, soft ones, it seems there have already been two races that , they (Red Bull) look a little stronger and manage these tires better.

“Back in the qualifiers, we always managed to put those tires in the right window, which helps us. But in the long run, we struggle a little more compared to them.

“In midfield we struggled a bit after five, six laps with front tires and then … yes, we struggled and basically lost the race in that period, we lost the lead and then lost a lot of race time due to front degradation.

“We have to look at it and be on top for the next race. Besides, I think we were very competitive on hardness, or at least as competitive as Max. ”

Leclerc was given the opportunity to attack Verstappen later in the race, and a clash between Pierre Gasly and Land Norris triggered the Safety Car.

Leclerc harassed Verstappen a few laps, but the latter eventually pulled out of the DRS range, winning the race by 3.8 seconds at the end.

“After Safety Car I really thought we would have a chance to regain the lead, but that wasn’t enough,” Leclerc said.

“But yes, it’s like this again – I think we’re going to have to analyze the end of the race in the media, which is the weak point of this race.”

Against Leclerc, Ferrari’s minus against Red Bull in a straight line also worked, which meant that even with the DRS he could not pull a move against Verstappen.

Ferrari expected the F1-75 to come into its own in the slower sections, but, again with that mid-range tire, Leclerc was surprised to see that the observed power was weak.

After Verstappen joked that “color” is the biggest difference between Red Bull and Ferrari cars, Leclerc replied, “Yes, color. Straight speed is also a bit much.

“But again, I think those are just the characteristics of both cars. Red Bull is pretty fast on level ground, we’re pretty fast in medium and high speed – but today I have to say I was quite surprised that we struggled a little more than them in slow speed turns. So that was also a weakness of the middle tires and we have to consider that. ”

Next up is the Spanish Grand Prix, an event that has been Lewis Hamilton’s territory for the past five seasons.

The last driver to win there besides Hamilton is Verstappen, who won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix on his Red Bull debut.


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