Charles Leclerc: “It was a really a great experience”


Charles Leclerc - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Charles Leclerc had limited running during the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone, but the Monegasque driver was delighted to get out on track in the 2016 Scuderia Ferrari for the first time.

The Ferrari Driver Academy driver completed nineteen laps of the Silverstone circuit on Tuesday after a power unit issue caused an issue with the programme, but Leclerc still managed to set the fourth fastest time of the day with a 1:34.446.

It rounded out a good few days for Leclerc, who had participated in his first free practice session on Friday with the Haas F1 Team, as well as claiming two podium finishes for ART Grand Prix at Silverstone in the GP3 Series.

“This morning I was able to run in the dry,” said Leclerc. “Driving a Ferrari is always an incredible experience.

“This afternoon, the bad weather didn’t help, but all the same I’d like to thank the guys for all their hard work and help. It was a really a great experience. I felt very comfortable in the car.

“This morning we did some aero work, while in the afternoon, we had a problem with an old power unit, so we didn’t do so much running, especially as the weather wasn’t that good. All in all, I’m very happy with my day.”