Charles Leclerc did not do a miracle at Monza in qualifying. On the track where he won the Italian Grand Prix a year ago, the Monegasque could not go further than the Q2 at the wheel of an SF1000 that we knew in difficulty on this high track. speed. If he had some hopes to hang on to Q3 after the first free practice, Leclerc quickly made a point, finishing 13th while his teammate Sebastian vettel didn't even extract from Q1.
The snub is not surprising, but it is historic: for the first time since 1984, no Ferrari is among the top ten positions on the starting grid of the Italian Grand Prix. At the time, Michele alboreto had set the 11th fastest time, René Arnoux the 14th.
"We were expecting it a bit when we started this weekend", admits Leclerc at the microphone of Sky Sports. “We know Spa and here are probably the two worst circuits for us, as well as another one a little later in the season. It's like that, it's hard, because when you do a good lap and that we are 13th, the feeling is not good. It is like that for the moment, I have to extract the maximum from the car in this situation, that is what I am trying to do. Of course it hurts even more at home. Unfortunately, that's our reality at the moment. We have to work and I hope that in Mugello, where it's also at home for Ferrari, we will be a little better. "
"I hope that from the next Grand Prix we will see the light at the end of the tunnel, because these are two very rough weekends for us, when we are trying things on the car. We cannot find a solution. for now, we need to stay calm, stay motivated, and better days will come. "
At the microphone of Canal +, Leclerc insisted on this feeling of helplessness, assuring that it was impossible for him to do better this Saturday: "Today I'm pretty happy with everything, the management of qualifying even if unfortunately I had my first lap canceled in Q1, so we had to do three laps in Q1 which weren't crazy. was the best solution to go to Q2. In Q2 I had a very good lap, I'm very happy with my lap, but it wasn't enough to get the others ahead, that's how it is. "