For all the secrecy that Formula One teams operate in, Charles Leclerc is certainly bucking that trend. A particular screen grab surfaced during the pre-season test ahead of the 2020 F1 season. Apparently, some images surfaced where he showed his notes for each run. Admittedly, the Monegasque driver does have fairly neat hand-writing, and his reports are quite brief.
. @Charles_Leclerc showing the notes he took during testing 👀
— Charles Leclerc Fan Page (@LeclercNews) February 19, 2020
In spite of the brevity, Charles Leclerc did convey key details on his first run for Ferrari. His observations noted that the track conditions were fairly suitable. Furthermore, he did not encounter any issues during the tyre warm-up. However, it was not all smooth sailing for the Ferrari star. Apparently, he encountered “a bit of understeer mid-corner in the long high-speed corners like T10/11 and 15”
Love this. Leclerc's notes on the first run for Ferrari, track conditions not that bad and tyre warm-up not a problem but "a bit of understeer mid-corner in the long high-speed corners like T10/11 and 15" #F1 #F1Testing https://t.co/qv4vWauuwc
— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) February 19, 2020
Of course, once Scuderia Ferrari see Leclerc’s notes, they will most likely act upon the feedback. The Maranello outfit will make the necessary adjustments in order to curb the understeer issues in those corners.
Why is Charles Leclerc running?
The initial plan was for Sebastian Vettel to be the first to put the car through its paces. Unfortunately, illness sidelined the German driver, and he was excused from driving. Vettel was supposed to have the car to himself all day, but his body clearly had other ideas. So, he will instead run on the second day and share testing duties with Charles Leclerc, depending on his health.
His handwriting is really pretty.
Session 1: Installation lap, nothing to say, track conditions are not that bad
Session 2: C2 NEW
Warm up: Okay not big problems to warm up the tyres.
Last sentence is difficult to read. It says there was a bit understeer in the mid corners. https://t.co/L2PVyGpTJP
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) February 19, 2020
It is also worth noting that for a team like Ferrari, it is strange to see images of Leclerc displaying valuable data. Ferrari is generally quite secretive, so such images are strange, unless Scuderia Ferrari are trying to be more open.
On the other hand, it is unknown if Leclerc will get into trouble for this little stunt. Already, he ruffled some feathers when he went behind Ferrari’s backs to go skydiving, though he has learned his lesson.