Daunting Ferrari Glitch Returns as Charles Leclerc Admits Strange Power Unit Issues Ahead of Crucial British GP Qualifying

Published 07/02/2022, 5:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after the first practice session REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

It was less than an ideal day for the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc at Silverstone on Friday. With the FP1 almost washed out because of rain, it was an action-packed FP2 session. While Carlos Sainz finished at the top of the charts, Leclerc could only manage P5.

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After the FP2 session, the Monegasque driver complained of some power unit-related issues in the session. He mentioned he could not extract the most from his car on the track.

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“Yes, a tricky day. I mean, in the first session, we didn’t get much data from it, just because of the weather and very few laps, and on the second, in FP2, we had quite a bit of a problem on my side, so hopefully tomorrow we can have a bit of a cleaner day and have things going our way.”

“I don’t know if there were radio messages on the coverage but overall, just some power unit things that were making it very difficult to drive. But it’s fine. I mean, it’s small set-ups more than problems, so we will modify it for tomorrow,” said Leclerc.

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It is not what Ferrari fans all over the world would want to hear. Leclerc has already suffered two power unit failures which have cost him sure-shot victories this season. But he is hopeful that the performance will improve on Saturday and Sunday.

Charles Leclerc is optimistic about a good weekend in Silverstone

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The Monegasque’s race pace looked positive, and he showed an excellent one-lap pace once again in FP2. Leclerc looked competitive compared to his rivals on the long runs and hopes for a better Sunday in Silverstone.

Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 17, 2022, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice REUTERS/Chris Helgren

“Yes. With the softs, it was very, very tricky again for some reason. It didn’t feel as good as on the medium and again, we’ve had those small issues that weren’t easy also to manage. But overall, I think the performance is in the car, so this is positive, and hopefully again tomorrow we can put everything together and have a good day,” said the Ferrari driver.

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Hopefully, all his engine-related issues get resolved ahead of the main race on Sunday. Unless Leclerc has a cleaner weekend with no issues, his title bid might be in jeopardy.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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