THEthe weekend of Monaco F1 GP he went down on the right foot Ferrarimanaged to win first place and Sainz in FP1 and second and third and Leclerc ahead of Sainz in FP3. One seat of The Prancing Horse proved to be fast and dirty in the lead, even if it showed concern with the home driver. Charles Leclerc. His SF-23 skipped both practice sessions before improving significantly at the end of the afternoon’s second session, allowing him to finish behind Verstappen.
Sainz, on the other hand, started well in FP1, when he set the fastest time of the morning, but ended FP2 with a mistake when he crashed at the second chicane at Piscine, slightly damaging his car. The lesson learned is that mistakes are just around the corner in Monaco, but Ferrari has what it takes to do well, given that thanks to his lap, the Spaniard still finished third behind Leclerc and Verstappen.
“I think so the day was beautiful, in general, – said the Spaniard. – We were fast in both sessions and I feel the SF-23 is very good at tracking. There are still some things I want to try in the setup tomorrow to try to improve but I can say that overall we are very competitive.
“Of course, finishing a session like this is not ideal,” said the Spaniard, commenting on the mistake made in FP2. – but anyway A little bad judgment can happen when you’re looking for a limit. I apologize to the team and the technicians for the extra work, but we are here and we can fight with the best, sorry”.
The day of Leclerc it was more difficult than he expected considering it was his home Grand Prix and he struggled with streaks that the car kept developing but he managed to finish Friday on a positive note: a the second place in FP2 behind Verstappen and an injection of confidence not to be underestimated. Now, all that’s left is to think praisewhich is the main point of Ferrari, of Leclerc and also the essence of the whole weekend in an unpredictable circuit like Monaco.
“I will give everything herereputation is important, – said Leclerc. The Monegasque driver has secured the last two pole positions and has a valuable record in it: three consecutive pole positions, a result achieved twice in Monaco only by Ayrton Senna, who had scored four consecutive poles.
“We have not yet prepared the race because here everything is aimed at qualifying.” They have become my strong point and I will attackwe will see what happens, – said Monegasque, – We do not have the best car here in Monaco because the fastest remains the Red Bull and the two Aston Martons are also close, but I will give everything: if we do. good job, anything is possible: even sorry.