Charles Leclerc is hoping his Ferrari Formula 1 team can come up with solutions in time for qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix after struggling in practice.
Both Ferrari drivers had a terrible day on Friday, with Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel complaining about the balance of their SF1000.
Coming into the weekend the team said that they would find it hard in Belgium, due to the low downforce nature of the track, but things were worse than expected on Friday, with Leclerc and Vettel ending up 14th and 15th in free practice one and 15th and 17th in free practice two.
And, speaking after practice, Leclerc said that it was a surprise to see how far down the timesheet they were, but at the moment they simply don’t have the pace to be any faster.
“It was a very difficult day. We are really struggling with the balance of the car.” commented Leclerc.
“We tried quite a few things in the second session, including something quite aggressive in terms of downforce level but it didn’t quite work out.
“It’s probably a surprise to be so far back, but we are just lacking pace at the moment and have to work hard to catch up.
“But I’m not expecting any miracles this weekend.
“Our job as drivers is to give our best and that’s what I am trying to do.
“It has happened before that we have been struggling on Friday and then come up with a solution on Saturday, so I hope this will be the case tomorrow.”
Rain is forecast this weekend, which means engine power is less of a factor, but despite that, Vettel believes the wet conditions could still make it tricky, after the team struggled in the wet qualifying session for the Austrian Grand Prix.
“The car was tricky and difficult to drive and we are not quite where we should be as we struggled with the balance.” said Vettel.
“We are looking to find options for the set up and we tried something different.
“I am sure tomorrow will be a bit better, but we don’t yet know what the weather will be like.
“We had a glimpse of wet conditions this year in Austria therefore we are aware it won’t be the easiest thing to deal with, but it always provides a chance to mix things up, so let’s wait and see what happens.”