It was a brilliant qualifying for Scuderia Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix, who believe the result cements their place as the third fastest car over a single lap.
For the third time this season Charles Leclerc will start from the second row, as he lines up from fourth tomorrow, with home-boy Carlos Sainz Jr right behind him in sixth.
With overtaking being notoriously difficult at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Ferrari will be very pleased to have had their strongest qualifying of the season as a team. The Scuderia will be hoping that a strong haul of points will be brought home tomorrow as they try to close the gap to the Mclaren F1 Team.
Ferrari’s Racing Director Laurent Mekies states that it is “priority” for the performance in qualifying to be repeated on Sunday.
“A good qualifying which confirms our third place in the pecking order, at least on Saturdays. Now the priority is to repeat that performance on Sunday, something we’ve only managed to do intermittently. It’s particularly significant therefore that our best team qualifying result from these first four rounds has come at this very challenging track.”
“The gap to pole is half that of last year here, but it is still significant and even if we could have gone a fraction quicker, it would not have changed anything substantially.Charles and Carlos, the latter racing here in red in his home race for the first time, both did a good job behind the wheel and in working with the team to get the most out of the SF21.”
“Tomorrow, we can expect a very tough race, given the very small gaps between ourselves and our closest rivals. If our strategy, reliability, teamwork and the drivers’ performance are all at their best, then we can aspire to a good result.”