Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles Leclerc believes there is “a lot of work ahead” for his team after Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Monégasque driver missed out on Free Practice 1 as Italian Antonio Giovinazzi stepped in for the session, and Leclerc feels that decision left him with a lot of work to do in Free Practice 2 to catch up with team-mate Marcus Ericsson and the rest of the field.
“Today was a more difficult day,” said Leclerc. “I missed the first free practice, and had some catching up to do during the second session.”
Despite missing the first ninety minute session, Leclerc was less than a tenth of a second slower than his team-mate but is aware that they have some work ahead of them if they are to be where they want to be this weekend at the Hungaroring.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us to get to where we want to be for the rest of the weekend,” admitted the Monegasque racer, who has been linked with a potential move to Scuderia Ferrari in 2019 in place of Kimi Räikkönen.
Leclerc has been strong in recent weeks scoring points in three of the past five races and reaching Q3 in the last two races so is hopeful the team can build on that for the rest of the weekend.
“Hopefully we will manage to take a step in the right direction, and build on our performance from the past weeks,” he said.